I Timothy 4:12- Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
I Peter 1:15- But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Our conversation is something that we should try our best with the Lord's help to guard. Be very careful of what you say, your words reflect upon your testimony. What is the first thing that you would think about a person when you hear him cursing? It certainly would not be anything good about him, and everytime you see him you will think about what you heard from him and his testimony is one that you would say "Oh, he curses." But let's take this from another angle. Now with us being Christians our problem is not cursing, it is gossip, lying and saying rude things. Have you ever noticed that when you hear someone gossipping you think of them as a gossip. Have you ever noticed that when you hear someone lying you think of them as a liar. What about someone being rude? Do you think of them as a rude and mean person? Of course you do. That is the first thing that comes to your mind about them and you automatically think of them as that. See how easy it is to ruin your testimony by your choice of conversation? I know that me and my brother like to play around by teasing each other, and we like to say things like normal brothers and sisters say to each other. I know what I can tease Ronnie about, but other people I am not so quick to tease until I get to know them that is!! Sometimes I get so caught up in the teasing that I will say something mean and rude and I have to appoligize. What I am getting at is that even by playing around sometimes feelings get hurt and your testimony can get hurt in the process. Now, there is nothing wrong with playing around. But watch what you say when you do it. You can play and tease without being rude and mean. Our conversation should be one that would glorify God. Does gossip, lying and being rude glorify God? Guard what you say!! Ask God for the help that you need in that area, and if you honestly mean it God will help you with it. God will not help you if you are not serious to try to change it. Let your conversation be one that would belong to a Christian.