To the ‘Ladies’—But you guys can read it too!!!
How I miss the times when ‘ladies’ behaved like ‘ladies’. A time when our ‘speech’, whether spoken or written was pure, and free from vulgarities, coarse language and cursing. The time when men, even those who did use fowl language, didn’t speak those things in the presence of women and children. A time much longed for, when people respected the need for civility, as well as uprightness and respectfulness in word and deed.
I speak to the women, the girls, the teens—to all females. I encourage us to consider our speech, to remember what Jesus said in Matthew 15:18-20,
“18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man (or woman). 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man (or woman): but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man (or woman).”
I call us all, but especially us ladies—mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, cousins, all women– to check out our hearts and let the holy and pure dwell in our hearts and minds and affect that which comes out of our mouths (or our keyboards). It’s kind of like they say about computers—trash in=trash out. What’s in your heart? God and His Word, or the world? What’s inside, will come out!!!!!
May we be a catalyst in our world for ‘courteous’ and ‘holy’ speech to replace ‘vulgarity’ and ‘coarse language’. Let’s make a positive difference in our world, rather than be those who are led to act like the world with an ‘un-lady-like’ vocabulary. It does make a difference!!! Like it or not we are known and judged by our words—both what we say and what we write, whether in public media, or in private. And I’d like to say, if you have to ‘apologize for the language’ before you write or speak it, then don’t use it—don’t speak it, or print it. If it requires an apology it probably doesn’t need to be repeated.
May we each look deep within our hearts and ask God to show us the inappropriate and vulgar things that need to be eliminated and replaced in our hearts, our lives, and our language. From an old woman who loves God and loves you, please consider the affect you are having on your own life, on those you love, and the world. Be a ‘LADY’ not just a female—a godly Lady.