June 16, 2010

A Few Thoughts on the Words We Speak

A Few Thoughts on the Words We Speak    [Main Story]


• “To your every word and action you have a witness—the holy, sin-hating God. Nothing that is said or done or thought can escape His infinite eye. Your words may not be heard by human ears, but they are heard by the Ruler of the universe. He reads the inward anger of the soul when the will is crossed. He hears the expression of profanity. In the deepest darkness and solitude He is there. No one can deceive God.”
That I May Know Him, p. 234.

• “Fretting and scolding are as injurious to your children as profanity. . . . Be firm, but let no loud, angry words escape your lips. Rule your children with tenderness and compassion.”—Signs of the Times, April 23, 1902.

• “Intemperance and profanity and licentiousness are sisters.”—The Youth’s Instructor, July 16, 1903.

• “‘Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.’ This commandment not only prohibits false oaths and common swearing, but it forbids us to use the name of God in a light or careless manner, without regard to its awful significance. By the thoughtless mention of God in common conversation, by appeals to Him in trivial matters, and by the frequent and thoughtless repetition of His name, we dishonor Him.”—Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 306, 307.