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Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:25-32

Christians Should Be Good Communicators


1.  Good communication is crucial to good relations:

  a.    Marriage, Eph. 5:24-25.

  b.        Parents-children, Eph. 6:1-4.

  c.    Employer-employee, Eph. 6:5-9.

  d.        God-people (revelation of truth) | People-God (prayer), Heb. 1:2; Phil. 4:6.

  e.    Brethren in the church, Eph. 4:15; Rom. 12:4-8.

2.  We must work to improve ourselves as communicators, Eph. 4:29-32.

3.  Marks of a good communicator from Proverbs.


A Good Communicator Will:

·   Prov. 10:11...........Try to help rather than be cruel with words     

        -Soft answer v. harsh words, 15:1-2

·   Prov. 10:12-13......Speak from a good understanding of his/her topic, people, etc., Phil. 1:9-11

  -Not from hot emotions, defensiveness, etc. that inflame, Eph. 4:31

·   Prov. 10:14..........Speak from knowledge (of God’s truth)

  -Allows for patience and longsuffering with others, Col. 1:9-11

  -Must be done humbly and with the love of God, 1 Cor. 8:1-3

·   Prov. 10:18..........Not be deceptive with his words

  -Integrity and honesty are hallmarks of productive communication

  -Anything less has an (unseemly, evil) agenda, Eph. 4:29

·   Prov. 10:19..........Be judicious with his words

  -Big part of communicating is listening, Jas. 1:19-20

  -Wisdom restraints the tongue from sparking disasters, Jas. 3:5

·   Prov. 10:20..........Reflect his (upright) heart as he speaks

  -Recognizes his/her words reflect the heart, and so seeks to
      communicate righteous qualities (honesty, truth, peace, and love),
2 Tim. 2:24-26

·   Prov. 10:21..........Have the welfare of his listener(s) in mind

  -Grace is on this person’s lips, Col. 4:6

  -To spread blessing of knowledge, Prov. 15:7

·   Prov. 25:11........Meets the needs of others with careful words

  -Properly spoken: Timely, appropriate, cf. Eph. 4:15

·   Prov. 25:12........Speak helpful words

  -Faithful wounds of a friend better than false flattery, Prov. 27:6

·   Prov. 25:13........Be reliable in counsel and trustworthy of others

  -The “telephone” game does not describe the effective communicator

  -He bears true testimony, dependable, his word is his bond, Jas. 5:12

·   Prov. 25:14..........Not exaggerate in order to advance himself in    the sight of others

  -He is not a “know it all” (Job 12:1-2) | Humbly helps without seeking acclaim

·   Prov. 26:17..........Know when not to speak

  -He is not arrogant to think he must be the arbiter of every dispute

  -Not a meddler (busybody) in other people’s matters, 1 Pet. 4:15    

·   Prov. 26:18-19.....Know that inappropriate humor hinders communication

  -He is not crude and tactless – saying, “that’s just the way I am!” Eph. 5:3-4

·   Prov. 26:20-22.....not tell tales, but will speak to the person who needs to hear his words

  -Will not be hypocritical with others

  -Oh, how we need this trait! Matt. 5:23-25; 18:15

·   Prov. 26:23-28.....not use deceptive, flattering words

  -Wicked (false teachers) disguise their motives with smooth words, Rom. 16:17-18; 2 Pet. 2:3

·   James 3:1-6..........Exercise self-control, knowing the power of words and accountability for them (Matt. 12:36-37)

  -Thinks before speaking, for what is said will teach something (1)

  -Strives to be mature in word (2) and control them for good (8)



1.  God is the Great Communicator, Heb. 1:1-2.

2.  Should we not imitate His heart and His words, and speak truth without anger and corruption, but with grace and kindness? Eph. 4:25-32




By: Joe R. Price

Posted August 13, 2019