By: Carolyn Arends/Christianity Today





Recently, rushing late to my son’s orthodontic appointment, I missed a critical left turn. Much to my surprise, I exhaled a “bad” word by our family’s standards. (Please understand, dental receptionists don’t suffer tardiness lightly, and my punctuality track record isn’t strong.)


“Mom!” exclaimed my children.


“What?” I stammered, feigning innocence, and adding the sin of deception to strong language.


Apparently my mother was right all along. One sin leads to another. And we shouldn’t use bad words.


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