How Do I Love “We?” Speaking the Truth in Love, Pt. 2: Godly Speech

Godly Speech
Ephesians 4:25–32 (NKJV)
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

Don’t Lie: Speak Truth (v. 25)

Godly Anger (v. 26a)
Reconciliation (v. 26b)
Root out the Devil; Boxing Out in Basketball (v. 27)
What place are you giving to the devil?

28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Honest Labor (v. 28 a)
Generosity (v. 28 b)
Godly, Graceful(Grace-filled) Speech (v. 29)
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Grieving the Holy Spirit (v. 30)
Loveless Communication (v. 31)

Trickle-Down Kindness (v. 32)

More Godly Speech
Ephesians 5:17–21 (NKJV)
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

Be Wise

Don’t be Drunk

19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Godly Songs
Thanksgiving
In the Name of Jesus
Mutual Submission
Evil Speech
James 4:11–12 (NKJV)
11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

Evil Speech equals:

Judgement
Arrogance

Humility will come, whether voluntarily or by force
James 5:9–11 (NKJV)
9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.

Do Not Grumble

Patience and Suffering are virtuous

11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

Perseverance Pays Off

Compassion and Mercy come on the heels of patience.

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