Jesus valued relationships with people and hence communication since it is such a vital element to healthy relationships. Being called “the Word” (Jn. 1:1) backs up this conclusion. Read through the Gospels and you will see one who communicated with both grace and truth (Jn. 1:14). This series of posts will look at the following aspects of Christ-like communication. Subscribe to the MinTools Blog to receive an e-mail notifying you of new posts.
Why Christ-like communication is imperative for us in ministry:
1) Our words show people what is in our hearts.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (Lk. 6:45)
2) Our words can build up or tear down the people we serve.
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Prov. 12:18)
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Prov. 15:4)
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Prov. 16:24)
3) Our words can bring ruin to what we do, making what has gone before worthless.
He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. (Prov. 13:3)
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
4) Our words can spark problems that spiral out of control and do great damage.
Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (James 3:5-6)
The tongue “is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8).
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