I know that this question was addressed before, but does blasphemy also include bad words? When I saw the passage today that "blasphemy is the only unforgivable sin", I was so paranoid not to say anything bad about the holy spirit that something bad about the Holy Spirit quickly passed trough my mind. Is this blasphemy?
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Perhaps your mind will be eased by considering the origin of the phrase, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 12:22, Jesus performed several miracles. The people were amazed. But the jealous Pharisees said, "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." This is the remark that prompted Jesus to talk about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
First He shows them the foolishness of their logic: if Satan is at work in Him to cast out demons, then they are saying that Satan is overturning his own work!
The only conclusion then, is, "if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you" (Matthew 12:28).
Then Jesus gives us the seriousness of the situation:
"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."
In this context, it is clear to me that the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is not a random thought, as you had, but a willful rejection of the Spirit and His work. If we willingly reject God's work of reconciliation through the Spirit, then there is no forgiveness possible, because that is the very work of the Spirit!
Because you are taking care to keep yourself in the love of God, I don't see you as a candidate for blasphemy in the context of this passage.