Jesus Christ changes every aspect of your life for the better, and this includes the way you speak to the people you work with. Being articulate concerning your job responsibilities and career speciality is one thing, but honoring Christ in every workplace conversation is an altogether more important personal attribute.
What are your words saying about who you are?
Apply the following five verses as a guide to how you to speak to others:
Luke 6:45: For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. In New Testament language your heart is where you feel, think, and make decisions. It is your true self. Your mouth speaks what is in your heart. Jesus dwells in the heart of every Christian and now you speak with His heart. Every spoken word in every occasion is part of our Christian witness to others.
Ephesians 4:29: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths. Are your co-workers better off after having a conversation with you? Is your speech building-up others or pulling them down? Proverbs 6:16-19 says that God detests “a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.”
Proverbs 13:3: He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. If you are angry, it’s probably best not to say too much until you cool down.
Proverbs 17:10: A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool. There will be occasions when you can speak God’s truth to what is false. It is okay to give a corrective rebuke when necessary but be selective as some will not receive it.
Colossians 4:6: Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Respect will always trump rudeness.
Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I be a better witness in the workplace?” Start by aligning your choice of words with the character of Jesus Christ.