I often hear the exhortation of how awesome the love of God is and that we all should be living it with each other. But when it really comes down to practicing the love of God in our everyday conversation, there is a falling short.
Are we really utilizing the love of God in our everyday lives? Do we speak with love? Do we act with love? Do we respond to people with love?
Our communication as Christians should reflect the love of God. Realizing I need a refresher course on Christian Communication Skills, I offer the following:
“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
We understand grace as undeserved favor. We are instructed to speak favorable, kindly to each other. We are not critical or putting someone down.
“Seasoned with salt” – In the Bible lands, sharing salt meant you are making a covenant with that person to respect and honor them. It also means you have integrity with people. In other words, you say what you mean and mean what you say.
Our manner of talking with each other should carry great respect and care for each other. Here are some other communication tips:
Colossians 3:12, 13a and 14:
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 forbearing one another, and forgiving one another,
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
It is not about us, but blessing others with our words and manner of communication.
As it says in Philippians 2:21, “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ.”
In seeking their own, natural man is only concerned about me, myself and I.
When we converse, we should lovingly build each other up. As Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Here is grace again. Speaking favorable about each other. We talk words that build people up not tear them down or belittle them.
If we just remember these few verses as guideline to our conversation with one another, it will serve us well.
Let’s communicate with the love of God oozing out all over our words and manner of talk.