Before we can verbalize an expression through our mouths, more than likely we have already thought on what we would speak. You have put together what you will say and how you will say it, before it is spoken.
Communication means to transmit or pass on thought, feeling, or information from one person to the next. Before I can pass on what I say or feel, I have to internally process it.
The Bible says:
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 NLT
What comes out of your mouth is a reflection of what is already in you. As you read this, consider what is in your heart. This basically means, what you inwardly feeling or what thoughts about a person or come to mind when you think about that person?
To communicate godliness you have to be godly in your heart, in your mind, and you have to practice godliness.
Although we have all heard the term godliness used a few times, allow me to provide a quick and easy definition for godliness.
In its simplest understanding the entire Bible is a book on godliness, being God-like. Acting like God. Responding like God. Full of God-like qualities.
The ability to teach, demonstrate and communicate godliness means that we must be able to communicate in non-threatening, and non-defensive ways.
If we cannot imitate God, according to the scripture, how can we teach about Him? At what point do we deny ourselves? At what point do we present ourselves a LIVING sacrifice?
Here is a rule of thumb: If you do not know how to answer or may run the risk of offending someone through your reply, simply do not respond. Wait. It is best to say: “Let me get back to you,” or “I’ll speak with you later,” versus spewing choice words that you will feel guilty for saying.
If the Holy Spirit is your guide, He will make certain, that you realize your communication was not godly, oh and be prepared to apologize.
What is the point?
Control your feelings, so that your feelings don’t control you. If you control your feelings, you can control your thoughts. If you can control your thoughts, you can control what you say.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6 NIV