Deeds speak louder than words; however, our tongue can get us into trouble. Let God umpire your heart and mouth.
We have all lived through a communications revolution these last few decades. Today, our topic is communication and productivity in the new millennium.
Peter Drucker, often called the "father of American management," claims that 60 percent of all management problems are a result of faulty communications. A leading marriage counselor says that at least half of all divorces result from faulty communication between spouses. And criminologists tell us that upwards of 90 percent of all criminals have difficulty communicating with other people.
COMMUNICATION IS IMPORTANT!
James 3: 5-10 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
What you say makes a difference
Self control is a fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5: 22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
God’s presence in our lives can “umpire” our hearts and mouths
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
Christians need to be full of grace in their speech
Colossians 4:5-6, 13-18: Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:13-18: Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
Wisdom is evidenced by actions in real life
Envy is a cancer that destroys health and order.
God’s order is pure and productive
Here are some responses to a question the Robert Half Agency got when it asked personnel directors around the country: "What is the most unusual thing to happen during a job interview?"
- Man wore a jogging suit to an interview for a job as financial vice-president.
- Applicant offered, if hired, to have the company's logo tattooed on his arm.
- Applicant interrupted interview to telephone his analyst to talk over the answer to a question.
- Not only did applicant ignore "No Smoking" sign, but twice lit the wrong end of filter-tip cigarettes.
- Balding candidate excused himself abruptly and returned a few minutes later wearing a hairpiece.
- Job applicant challenged the interviewer to arm wrestle.
Peacemakers raise a harvest of righteousness
What have you been planting?
Galatians 6: 7-8: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
What have you been harvesting?
You can know the root by examining the fruit