Godly CommunicationThis week I’m beginning a new series on the power of your words and how to communicate effectively and Biblically with others.
The dictionary describes communication as the act of transmitting, giving or exchanging information, to pass along to make known.
Effective communication is one of the most important things anyone can learn in life. There are many ways to communicate or give or exchange information.
Words are the common currency and most obvious ways people communicate. Words can be written on paper or typed into a computer or PDA. Words can be spoken.
Whether people realize it or not even their body language is a form of communication. Your facial expressions communicate, happiness, joyfulness, sadness, anger, frustration, impatience…
Gestures are a form of communication.
Words are powerful whether we speak them or write them. Words, spoken or written are hard if not impossible to retrieve or take back. It’s like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube…it can’t be done.
Almost every conflict and disagreements in life is the result of a misunderstanding. Misunderstandings can be avoided if communication is clear, understood and if at all possible memorialized in writing. This is what we said…this is what we agreed on…here is what I promised to do…here is what you promised to do…
The Bible has dozens and dozens of versus that talk about the tongue. Here’s some of my favorites…
Proverbs 15:4: A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
John 6:63-64, Jesus said: The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
Proverbs 18:21, Death and life are in the power of the tongue…
You know, your words can bring life or death to a situation…or to another person’s spirit. Guard them well.
Psalm 34:13 says, Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
Psalm 39:1, I said, "I will guard my ways, That I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle, While the wicked are in my presence.
Again the Bible warns us to guard our mouths…like a muzzle you would put on a dog to keep it from barking. This verse says when the wicked are in my presence…but the same holds true regardless of who is in your presence…wicked or righteous. It’s important to guard what we speak.
I’ll be the first to tell you how difficult is it to do that. I fail often at guarding my words. Sometimes words are like vomit…they just come out.
Guarding what you speak is one of the most difficult things in life. When I have failed to guard my words I have lived to regret it. It doesn’t even matter if you believe what you’re saying is the truth or not. Words, even truthful words can hurt, they can be misunderstood, they can offend.
Tomorrow we’ll talk more about the power of your words and the importance of how you communicate with other.
I hope you’ll join me. Until then, God bless you.
The Bible compares your words to the rudder on a ship, able to determine the course of your future. Your words can bring life and peace to a difficult situation, or death and discouragement. Instead of being meaningless or inconsequential, the declarations you speak will create powerful spiritual repercussions, either positive or negative.
In this series, David Cerullo explains how you can change your life by changing your words. Even a small change can make a major difference, so it’s important to guard what comes out of your mouth!
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