Text for Today – Ephesians 4:29 – 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.
Just how important are right words? Job asked this question, and he learned the answer. James spoke of the power of right words and connected it to perfection and awesome maturity in Christ. The ability to speak right words is one of the most important elements of our walk in Christ, not to mention our overall success in life.
Think about it for a moment. The greatest leaders, the greatest names in history, have all been people who have achieved high levels of mastery in communication. I fully understand that not all of us will be charismatic orators, but each of us can be masterful communicators.
The first thing we must understand is that truly masterful communication is directly connected to integrity. When one’s communication is not connected to integrity, sooner or later, they fall. So, understand that one should follow an old adage (the is truly Biblical) to say what you mean and mean what you say. Simply put, otherwise one is being deceitful in speaking. Then to achieve masterful communication, there are three questions that must be asked, and they all relate to the Master Himself. Before you speak, ask yourself these three questions.
First, would Jesus say this? If He wouldn’t say it, then you shouldn’t say it.
Secondly, how would Jesus say this? Would he speak it softly or loudly? Would he say it privately or publicly? Would He say it with fire in His eyes, or tears? Be honest with yourself in these answers.
And thirdly, when would Jesus say this? Would He say it now, or would He choose a different time? Is there a better time in which to say this? Is there a best time in which to say it?
If you live a life of integrity, and answer these questions honestly in that integrity, prayerfully yielding to the leadership of Holy Ghost, you can become a masterful communicator. One might say it this way. If you’re not full of the Master, you will never be a master communicator. If you must communicate, seek to fill yourself with the Master first. Be a Masterful communicator.
Manna for Today – Job, 6:25; Proverbs 4:20-23; Proverbs 6:20-22; Matthew 12:34-37; James 3; Mark 11:22-24