Each of us say many words a day. According to one study, men and women speak about 15,000 words a day!
And of course, as Christians, we are required to have a distinctive approach to our words. For instance:
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Two questions for discussion…
What are your guidelines for what to say - and what not to say? How do you define and contrast speech that is pure, good, and honors Christ - vs speech that is impure, wrong, and dishonoring to Christ? How would you distinguish between words that served others - vs words that served yourself?
What practices have you adopted to refine your heart, your fundamental attitudes, so that what comes out of your heart in speech is humble, gracious, respectful, and gentle?
I welcome your insights into how we can grow into wise, mature, faithful disciples in our hearts and speech. This is certainly an essential discipline for us to consider in a text-based environment like Connect!