What if we made our tone more winsome, less negative, or more redemptive? Rather than simply posting and commenting and tweeting about what we are against, what if we focus instead on using redemptive language? Redemptive language would be gospel-motivated and gospel-rich, bringing the reader’s attention to Christ, and to God’s Word. We have a hope that is far greater than today’s current political, cultural, and moral climate. If we simply state what we are against, without giving a reason for the hope that we have, then isn’t our gospel witness hindered?Read More
I wish I could say that Sue’s story was unusual. However, emotional adultery happens much more often than we realize. The busy lives that couples lead leaves a little room for them to continue to develop that intimate, connecting relationship that sustains a marriage.Read More
Our words reveal what is in our hearts at the deepest level – in our thoughts, beliefs, and desires. When sin rules in our hearts, it will show outwardly in our behavior and words. Mothering is a rewarding life role, but it can also be exhausting, draining, and difficult at times. In her exhaustion, personal pain, and suffering, a mother might say things to her child that are sinful and damaging.Read More
If you realize you have negative characteristics in communication, resolve to work on the heart issues that are fueling them. Spend time in Scripture studying passages like Ephesians 4:29; James 1:19; Psalm 19:14; Proverbs 10:19; Proverbs 18:20 – 21. There are literally hundreds of verses in the Bible that address the various forms of communication and it is certain that you could use work in at least one of them.Read More
The way we speak shows the practical reality of the Lordship of Christ over our hearts. Who is Lord of my speech? Is it myself? Is my speech an expression of my wants, desires, frustrations, and opinions or does it honor Christ and lovingly bless others? Who reigns, filters, and rules over the words of my mouth?Read More
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