Setting An Example: Speech
The first post in our mini-series 'Setting an Example' by Amy focuses on how we communicate, and what we say. This is often key to the impression we make. How can we be using our speech to live distinctively and lead by example? Enjoy! N x
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in SPEECH, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”- 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)
What does it mean to live distinctively in these different areas?
“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.” - Ephesians 4:29 (MSG)
“…so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.” - end part of Ephesians 4:29 (GNT)
Our words need to be those that build others up, that encourage them, rather than tearing them down. We live in a culture that feeds off gossip, it’s in every TV show, magazine, film and newspaper, no wonder we struggle to stop. Yet so many times in the Bible we are told not to gossip and not to slander others.
I often think after I’ve spoken, that sentence that just hurt my friend I want to retract, but now it’s too late, the damage is done. My Mum has called me out on this many times and gave me a great acronym to help me THINK:
Is it true, helpful, inspirational, necessary, or kind?
These are the sort of filters we need to be putting our words through, catching the unhelpful ones before they come out of our mouths. Here's to setting examples in the way we speak!
A village girl at heart, Amy is moving to Southampton this year to study Medicine; and is looking forward to taking up sailing, finding a new church, and seeing God move at Uni. She has loved being involved in churches and CU at home and is super excited to see what God has planned for this next (quite long!) chapter.