This is the ninth article in a twelve-part series that develops a theology of language by examining what the Bible says about this topic.
God has given us guidelines about how to use language. Hebrews 13:15 commands us to “…continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” God desires for us to use speech to offer praise to him. I believe that speech is a gift from God, and I can give my speech back to him by offering him my praise. Ephesians 4:24 commands us to speak the truth to each other. Because God is a God of truth, he hates lies. Lies are the work of Satan, who is “…the father of lies” (John 8:45). A life that is devoted to God will have no part in the dishonesty and deception that characterizes the work of Satan. The overarching guideline for a Christian’s use of language is found in Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God…” A Christian’s use of language should be devoted to the glory of God and have no resemblance to the work of Satan (all Scripture quotations taken from the ESV).