But Why: Is cursing a sin?

The Rock Church of Fenton, Lake Fenton, Linden, and Byron, Michigan exists to preach the Word of God, Baptize, and Disciple but why rules with reason


“Why is profanity wrong? Aren’t words just words? How can one word be a bad and another one be good, its just a sound you make.” 

While this might sound logical. Logic does not always equal truth. If words were just sounds then they wouldn’t mean anything to you and me. But we know that’s not true. Another person’s words can crush you or make you feel like a million bucks in an instant. When we speak, we are communicating to another person what is within us. We are communicating the intent of our hearts. So maybe a better question than, “Why is profanity wrong?” You should ask yourself the question, “What is the intent of my heart when I speak?



  • What are some different reasons you (or others) use profanity? 
  • How do you think the use of profanity reflects what’s in your heart? 
  • If you don’t think you’re using profanity because of your heart, think about the times you think profane thoughts. What are you feeling in those moments?  
  • With all of this in mind, profanity really isn’t the issue- its just a symptom of a bigger problem. What is the real problem here? 
  • If the issue is the heart we are expressing with the use of our words, are there actually other words that we deem “okay” because they aren’t swear words, that are actually just as deeply rooted in a decaying heart?


Think about your words this week. Before you speak or reflecting after you speak, ask yourself, what’s my heart like right now? Am I full of good or evil, blessing or cursing, and what do I need to surrender to the Lord for that to change?