My grandson, who is six, knows Jesus and the Holy Spirit resides within him. How do we know? Because of his actions! He’s just like the rest of us who struggle with sin, but he knows where to turn when he does. Here is more evidence: His mother kept hearing him mumbling under his breath and ask him what he was saying. His reply was, “I keep thinking of cuss words and have to ask Jesus to forgive me!” We had quite a chuckle over that! He doesn’t know the Bible fully, yet the Holy Spirit is teaching him. We certainly don’t want him to cuss, but his use of the proper words is hardly a problem unless he’s cursing the Lord’s name when it should be revered. What matters is the condition of his heart. The Holy Spirit is teaching him to be obedient to his parents who want him to keep his language clean. When the Bible talks about keeping an undefiled tongue, it’s referring to trashing others, and cutting them down. When you are tempted to blast someone for their faults, remember to bridle your tongue! As a parent, we should set the example and not let our children hear us talking bad about others, but when we do, they should hear us ask for forgiveness.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. James 1:26