There are definitely many things Christians should not say – ever!
As scripture says in Proverbs 18:21, the power of life and death are in the tongue. Words are so important! This is why we need to be very conscious and pay close attention to the words that are coming out of our mouths.
This list is not only for Christians, but it may also help anyone who wishes to improve themselves and succeed in life.
In this blog post, we will take a look at 13 Things that Christians should not say at all times.
Swearing or cursing means “to use bad or vulgar language”. This type of language is never appropriate, regardless if you’re a Christian or not. In fact, most people know they shouldn’t swear.
The Bible clearly tells us:
Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, because such things are not appropriate [for believers]; but instead speak of your thankfulness [to God]. Ephesians 5:4 (AMP)
Even though some experts may say that swearing can be good for your health, the truth is that it’s never ok to use offensive language. It’s always better to find another way to express yourself if you’re feeling angry or frustrated.
Remember, the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. So why not practice in the situations and choose positive words instead of swearing?
I can’t do this
Christians should also avoid saying “I can’t do this”.
The “I can’t” type of thinking comes as a result of looking at and considering our own strength instead of relying on God’s power to help us.
The Bible assures us that we can do all things (he’s called us to do) through Christ who strengthens us:
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Phillippians 4:13 (AMP)
We need to be careful not to limit God by our own finite abilities. When we are faced with challenges and are tempted to say “I can’t do this”, we should instead say “I can do this with the help of Jesus”.
Lean on Him, He has the power and the ability to work through you so that you can achieve everything He’s called you to do and be. You just need to activate his power with your faith.
I’m not good enough
Another thing Christians should never say is “I’m not good enough”.
This type of thinking comes from a lack of self-confidence and a lack of faith. It’s also rooted in comparison when we compare ourselves to others and think we come up short. It shows we are not thinking the thoughts of Christ.
Many people, Christians included, often feel like they’re not good enough. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why people don’t achieve their goals. They feel like they’re not good enough to do anything great or significant.
The Bible tells us that we are all God’s children and that He loves us:
Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. 1 John 4:4 (AMP)
In addition, we are a new creation [which is the result of a new birth—a spiritual transformation—a new nature in Christ Jesus]. Galatians 6:15 (AMP)
This means that, no matter what we’ve done in the past, you are now a new person in Him, with a new identity in Christ. He is living inside you, and He is greater than anyone in the world!
We don’t have to be defined by our mistakes or by our past. We are now children of God -He loves us and we have the right to say “I am good enough because of Him”.
God won’t help me
Another thing that Christians should not say is “God won’t help me”.
This type of thinking comes from a place of doubt and unbelief. The Bible tells us that God is always willing to help us, but we need to ask Him for help, in Faith:
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth (without guile). He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He also will hear their cry and will save them. Psalm 145:18-19 (AMP)
Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved, and He will help us in our time of need. We just need to have faith that He is listening and that He hears us.
Don’t let encouragement rob you of your blessing, trust in God with all your heart and you’ll receive His grace to help you in times of need.
I don’t need help
Christians should also avoid saying “I don’t need help”.
This type of thinking comes from a place of pride and a lack of humility. The Bible tells us that we should be humble and always be willing to receive help from others:
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 (NIV)
When we say “I don’t need help”, we are saying that we are independent and can do everything by ourselves. This is not true, if we want to do great things, we need help from others and especially from God to achieve the dreams in our hearts. Our potential as human beings is limited, but with God we are limitless!
God has placed certain people in your life to help you, don’t push them away, let them help you, and be open to receiving their help.
On the other hand, we should also be willing to help others as well. God has specific people that you need to support, pray for, and partner with. Always look for opportunities to give, and he will reward you with the help you need when you need it.
I don’t have time to pray
Christians should also avoid saying “I don’t have time to pray”.
If you catch yourself saying this, it means your priorities are not correct. This type of thinking comes from a place of laziness and a lack of discipline.
Prayer is not a chore, it’s communion with our Father in Heaven and it’s one of the most important things we can do to be successful in everything we do. The Bible tells us that we should pray without ceasing:
Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
Prayer is one of the most essential things in our lives. It’s a way to connect with God and receive His guidance, love, and blessings. It’s also a way to communicate with Him and to share our thoughts and concerns.
We should make time for prayer every day, even if it’s for a few minutes. It’s one of the best investments we can make in our lives!
I’m so ashamed
Christians should also avoid saying “I’m so ashamed” because this type of thinking leads to feelings of guilt and condemnation.
The Bible tells us that in Christ we should not live in condemnation:
Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. Romans 8:1 (AMP)
Condemnation is one of the devil’s strategies to stop you from walking in faith. Confess your sin of feeling condemned and receive God’s forgiveness in your heart. Keep walking in confidence and right standing with God.
This will free you from the chains of condemnation, and empower you to move forward. Good choice!
Things are never going to change for me
Christians should also avoid saying “things are never going to change for me”.
This type of thinking comes from a place of negativity and a lack of hope. Hope is vision. Without vision, you can’t see what’s ahead. Your expectations are dead.
The Bible tells us that we should be positive and always have hope (vision):
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
When we say “things are never going to change for me”, we are saying that we don’t have hope for the future. We’re also saying that we don’t believe God’s vision for us.
We need to remind ourselves that God has a good plan for us and is always working in our lives. He is the one that provides us with hope and a future.
Christians should also avoid saying “I’m scared”.
This type of thinking comes from a place of fear and a lack of faith.
The Bible tells us 365 times that we should not be afraid:
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
When we say “I’m scared”, we are really saying that we are afraid of the future. This shouldn’t be true for the believers in Christ because God is always with us.
The word fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Don’t believe your fears, believe the Word of God. He will help you and uphold you through everything that you go through. Let Him be your source, guide, comforter, and protector. There’s no reason to be scared when you’re in His presence.
I don’t know what to do
Christians should also avoid saying “I don’t know what to do”.
This type of thinking comes from a place of confusion and a lack of faith. The Bible tells us that we should not be confused:
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32 (NIV)
When we say “I don’t know what to do”, we are saying that we don’t know what the next step is. Change this confession to “I may not know what to do yet, but God does!” Start praying about it until you receive the leading from the Holy Spirit.
He knows what to do and He’s willing to tell you. You just need to step up in faith and receive the answers you need.
I hate myself
Christians should also avoid saying “I hate myself”.
This type of thinking comes from a place of self-hatred and a lack of forgiveness. The Bible tells us that we should not hate ourselves because we are in Christ:
I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20 (AMP)
It is no longer us that live, but Christ who lives in us. We are hidden in Christ.
Forgive yourself for whatever is condemning your heart and move on from your past so that you can victoriously move towards your future!
God has already forgiven you – believe it and receive it!
I don’t deserve God’s love
Christians should also avoid saying “I don’t deserve God’s love”.
This type of thinking comes from a place of insecurity and a lack of faith. The Bible tells us the love of God was so great, that He sent His Son so that we would receive everything He has for us:
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 (AMP)
This demonstration of love is so great, that we should never doubt whether or not we deserve it. He already did it for us, proving His love for us – which means we need to simply receive His love.
God loves you and wants the best for you. You need to open your heart to receive so that it can overflow into your life.
God will never forgive me
Christians should also avoid saying “God will never forgive me”.
This type of thinking comes from a place of guilt and a lack of faith. The Bible tells us that He WILL forgive us:
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose]. 1 John 1:9 (AMP)
When we say “God will never forgive me”, we are saying that we don’t believe what God has promised. We are saying “My mistake was too much for God”. Don’t let yourself be deceived by the devil with his lies.
Confess your sins to God and be confident in God’s love and His forgiveness. Change your confession to “I confessed it to God, so I am forgiven”. Start walking in His forgiveness.
We hope you found this list helpful. As Christians, we should always be seeking to grow in our understanding of God’s Word and live according to His will.
This list of 13 Things Christians Should Not Say will help you become more aware of your words and avoid saying things that don’t line up with the Word of God, are untrue, unhelpful, and harmful to ourselves and others.
What other phrases would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!