Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Fruitful Conversations

We cannot get through life without conversations. To converse is human. We are relational beings, and we must have interaction with others. However, not all conversations are the same. We can speak with someone and feel encouraged, uplifted, joyous, enlightened, comforted, etc., or feel frustrated, invisible, upset, undervalued, hurt, etc. How we talk with each other matters. We should consider what we are doing and what we want out of our conversations before we have them.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Eph. 4:29)

Am I using my words to build others up? Am I graceful in what I have to say? Do I give others the benefit of the doubt? Do I treat others as I would like to be treated?

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

Are my conversations me-focused or others-focused? Am I more interested in listening or telling others what they should believe? Do I do most of the talking in the conversations I have?

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” (Ephesians 4:25)

Am I repeating something because I like it or because I know it to be true? Am I responsible for spreading falsehoods, knowingly or unknowingly?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

How am I loving others with my words? Are my conversations joyful? How have I brought peace to other people’s lives through what I have said? Am I patient in conversations? Do I allow others to speak first? Do I say things in a kind manner? Do I exhibit self-control?

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” (James 3:9-10)

How do I speak of others? Do I curse people who have been created in the image of God? How do I speak of celebrities, athletes, politicians, actors, and others whom I don’t even know?

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Are my conversations filled with hope? Am I fixated on what is wrong with the world or on Jesus who has overcome the world? Are people going to ask me about the hope I have in Christ?

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