Speaking God’s Word To Each Other

December 29, 2009

How should the disciple of Jesus speak? In other words, what should the shape and trajectory of our conversations look like? I’m not planning to answer the question. I want you to answer it.

What adjectives would you use to describe the words that regularly flow out of your mouth? Do any of the following fit? cynical; sarcastic; encouraging; angry; frustrated; hopeful; well-timed; thoughtful; venomous; insensitive; rash; soft; kind; destructive; insulting; malicious; gracious; gentle; understanding; grumbling.

The Bible challenges us to speak to one another in and by the power of the Gospel. The Bible gives us clear instruction on a number of fronts regarding the kinds of conversations we should have. For example:

  • Christians should encourage each other everyday to stay strong in the faith (Eph 4:25; Heb 3:13)
  • Fathers (and Mothers) should bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph 6:4)
  • Christians should speak boldly about the excellencies of Christ before the nations (1Pet 2:9)
  • Christians should engage in gracious, salty conversations with outsiders (Col 4:5-6)
  • Christians should give gentle, hopeful responses to those who ask about their hope in Christ (even if those asking are antagonistic) (1Pet 3:15-16)

Is this how you speak?

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