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All Four-Letter Words Aren't Bad

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Many four-letter words have come to be considered derogatory or profane. Several four-letter words have been declared legally indecent by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) TV. They are banned from being used on television and radio open-Airwave broadcasting. They are also upsetting when some people hear them.

Even though many popular and slang terms are offensive to some, there are many positive and good four-letter words.

This article contains some commonly used good four-letter words because all four-letter words aren't bad.

1. Amen

Amen is a good word. That's because it is said at the end of a prayer, creed, formal statement, or hymn, meaning "it is so." It is spoken to express solemn ratification or agreement. There is nothing bad or offensive about the word Amen.

2. Body

Body is a word with several meanings. The most common meaning is the physical structure of a person or an animal, including the flesh, organs, and bones. The body is only one part of man. The other two parts are also four-letter words: soul and mind.

Another meaning is the community of believers as the body of Christ.

3. Born

Even though God created everybody in His own image, all people were born from a woman except Adam and Eve. Even Jesus was born from the virgin Mary. However, everyone has not been born again because they haven't given their lives to the Lord.

I saw a bumper sticker that reads, "I don't need to be born again because I was born right the first time."

4. Care

God cares for us because He created us in His own image. Because He cares for us, He provides for us, protects us, and wants the best for us. Therefore, He wants a deep relationship with us. God wants us to care for others just as He cares for us.


5. Come

There are a lot of imperatives in the Bible encouraging us to do something. Sometimes God tells us to go, but sometimes He tells us to come to Him.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

6. Draw

Similar to "come," the word "draw" connotes a closer encounter with God. To draw near means to get as close to something or someone as possible. When you draw near to God, you will surely experience His presence. There is absolutely nothing bad about the word "draw" when it means drawing near to God.

7. Fast

The Bible tells us to fast and pray. However, not many people fast along with praying. Fasting involves abstaining from worldly pleasures for a period of time as directed by God. Most people who do fast, give up food. However, it could be giving up watching television, shopping, and being intimate with one's spouse.

Fasting is a spiritual discipline and should not be viewed as a way to lose weight.

8. Free

John 8:36 says, "If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." That simply means that if we have confessed with our mouth that Jesus died for our sins and God raised Him from the dead, then we are saved and have been made free. Therefore, we don't live up to our God-given right when we allow people to put us in bondage by controlling us.


9. Give

Giving is usually limited to handing over money to someone. However, giving is not limited to finances. Giving may include food, water, clothes, and love. Giving is more powerful when you give out of your own need. In 1 Kings 17, a widow offers the prophet Elijah her flour and oil, even though it was all she has. In Mark 12:41-44, many rich people put in large sums of money in the offering, but a poor widow put in two small copper coins, which are worth only a penny. However, the widow gave more than the rich people because she gave all she had.

Some things that the Bible encourages us to give include our time, our talent, and whatever a person needs at the time that person needs it. Most of the time, the person doesn't need money. Instead, he needs money's worth.

10. Grow

Every Christian needs to grow and bear fruit. Spiritual growth and development are very important and people can grow only by God's Word because it is indeed food for the human spirit. God's Word transforms a person's life from glory to glory, especially when it is received by faith, humility, and obedience.


11. Hear

Romans10:17 tells us that "faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” That simply means that our faith comes when we hear the word of God more so than someone's personal opinions.

The Bible says, "But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28)

12. Help

The Bible tells us over and over in different ways that we should help others when they are in need. Our service to others does not go unnoticed or unrewarded even though we shouldn't do it to get noticed or rewarded. As disciples of Jesus, we should do what Jesus did. He didn't come to earth to be served. He came to earth to be a servant as we should be.

Helping others is a clear example of showing our faith in God and our love for God's people.

13. Live

Every life is valuable to God because everyone was created in God's own image. God would not have created something to be like Him that was not valuable.

Since we are valuable to God, we should make every effort to follow His commands to please Him. We live our lives as dual citizens. We are here on earth temporarily, but we have a permanent home in heaven. No matter how old we get, our life here on earth is just a fraction compared to the everlasting time we will spend in heaven.


14. Love

It is God's character to love us because He is the embodiment of love. Since we were created in the image of God, then we should have the capacity to love just as God loves.

All of 1 Corinthians 13 tells us what love is and how it should behave in the life of a Christian.

"Love is long-suffering and kind. It does not envy; does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth: bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

It is so much easier to love our family members and friends than it is to love our enemies. However, the true test of God's love is to love our enemies and our neighbors as ourselves. Paul sums it up correctly when he ends 1 Corinthians 13:13 with these words:

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.


15. Pray

Praying is communicating with God. There are many types of prayers that we can pray during the day from the time we get up in the morning to the time we go to bed at night. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to "Pray without ceasing."

There are prayers of thanksgiving letting God know we are grateful for who He is and for what He does. We might sat our grace before eating and pray prayers for traveling mercies.

16. Read

How would you feel when you get to heaven and God asks you, "Did you read my book?" If you want to know what's in God's heart and what's on His mind, then you should read the book that shows His character and His revelations. If you get in the habit of reading the Holy Bible on a regular basis, you will get to know God on a deeper level. You will establish a personal, intimate relationship with Him.

Reading the Bible is unlike any other written work. When you read the Bible, you will always be in the presence of the author.

According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, God's word is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." This leads to the completeness and equipping us “for every good work.”


17. Rest

God created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. If God could do all of that in that short period of time and still rest, we should be able to do what we need to do and still find time to rest. In order to follow God's example and do our bodies justice, we should purpose to get plenty of rest.

18. Seek

Matthew 6:33 tells us that if we seek the Kingdom of God first, then all the things we need will be added to us. That is easy to understand, but very hard for some people to do. When we place God first in our lives, we will recognize Him protecting us, providing for us, and doing amazing things for our good. We should develop the spiritual discipline of seeking the Kingdom of God first in all circumstances.

19. Sing

The Bible is clear that everyone should make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm ???). The scripture does not say only people who have a melodious voice should sing. Everyone who has breath can sing praises unto the Lord.

The Bible commands us many times to sing to the Lord, sing praises, sing joyfully, sing a new song, and come into God’s presence with singing.

The command to sing may be repeated more frequently than any command in the Bible except the one to love.

"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise." (James 5:13).

20. Stop

The Bible tells us to stop doing something just as it tells us to do something. In fact, God warns us and prevents us from doing something He does not want us to do. There are three ways God gets our attention to stop.

  1. When God does not want you to move forward, He will provide another way for you to go. “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
  2. God warns you not to do something by not allowing you to proceed in disobedience.
  3. When God wants you to stop doing something, He will show you the reasons you should not proceed forward.

God speaks to our hearts through the Holy Spirit to get us to stop going in the wrong direction.

21. Talk

God desires a personal relationship with us (John 3:16), and we should be just as delighted to establish a relationship with Him. We can do that by being in communication with Him on a regular basis. He hears us when we speak to Him. (1 John 5:14).

We should keep in constant contact with God because He wants to hear from us and not just when we ask Him for something.


22. Walk

Some people have been described as "talking the talk, but not walking the walk. There are about 62 scriptures about walking in the way and will of God in the Bible.

Walking with God makes us aware of His presence and power in our lives. We can endure and overcome many unpleasant things when we develop the habit of walking with God.

23. Word

The Word of God is found in the Holy Bible. Whatever God says is His Word that we should obey. If we want to faithfully serve God, then we should read what He says. That way we will be able to have a meaningful relationship with Him.

We get to know God's character through His Word. We get to know He provides for us. By regularly reading what God says enables us to grow spiritually.

24. Work

Work matters to God. Therefore, it should matter to us. The Bible says a lot about how we should approach work.

God has given everyone unique skills, gifts, and talents. We find the reason for that in 1 Peter 4:10, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."

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