NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK TO VIEW LIVE OR FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. YOU MAY ALSO WATCH LIVE OR A REPLAY ON the DR. Greg SLOOP FACEBOOK PAGE. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO To THE WEBSITE, kcog.org, AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

May 16, 2021

Ephesians 4:29–32 (NKJV)

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. 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.

Ephesians 4:29-32

1. What is Corrupt Communication?

  • There are lots of possibilities
    • Profanity
    • Dirty Jokes
    • Crude Speech
    • Criticism
    • Complaining
    • Negativity
    • Gossip/Slander
    • Hurtful Words
  • Then there is the way you say something…
    • Condescension
    • Shouting, Yelling, Screaming
    • Tone of Voice
    • Sarcasm
    • Passive Aggressiveness
    • Timing
    • Lack of Discretion

2. The Lack of Edification

  • From same root word as edifice – a building or structure
  • To edify means to build up
  • Tearing someone down is the opposite of edification
  • Edification is described as “necessary” here

3. Grace

  • Grace is the seasoning of speech
  • Grace makes your words helpful, not hurtful
  • Speak to someone in a way that is better than they deserve. That is graceful language

4. Grieving the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit is a nurturing force, helping those in relationship with Christ to grow and blossom
  • The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, but does not condemn
  • When we tear down and condemn, or when we only criticism and never build someone up, we grieve the Holy Spirit

5. Put This Away, Cling to the Other

  • Put away:
    • Bitterness
    • Anger
    • Wrath
    • Clamor
    • Evil Speaking
    • Malice
  • Cling to:
    • Kindness
    • Tenderheartedness
    • Forgiveness

Takeaway Thoughts

  • What’s In Your Heart?
    • Luke 6:45 (NKJV) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
  • The Power of the Tongue
    • Proverbs 18:19–21 (NKJV) 19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.
      20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
      21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
  • Soft Answers
    • Proverbs 15:1-2 (NKJV) 1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
      2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
  • Summary
    • What’s In Your Heart?
    • The Power of the Tongue
    • Soft Answer

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