Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24 ESV
As followers of Christ we are His representatives. Those around us are observing our lives to see what difference Christ makes. One of the main things that people observe about us is our speech. They watch what we talk about and how we say it.
Disciples of Jesus are to exercise self-control in speech. We are to speak truthfully and sensitively. We are to use our words to encourage, comfort, and edify others, carefully avoiding judgmental statements and slanderous remarks. Once someone is hurt by our words it is difficult to restore the damage (see Proverbs 18:19).
- Controlling our tongue is a constant struggle. What is said about proper speech in the following passages? — Ephesians 5:3-4; 1 Timothy 4:12; James 3:1-12
- The overall tone of a believer’s speech should be positive–encouraging, comforting, and edifying. What can you observe about positive speech in the following passages? — Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Question to ponder: How do you know what is improper speech for a believer?
Passages for further study: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Colossians 4:5-6