- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Friends and Family Relationships
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 16:26
The Word of God has volumes to say about our conversation. It is to be always with grace, seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6), trustworthy, wholesome, characterized by love, and free of corruption. (Ephesians 4:29-32). The Lord hears our conversation. He can take delight in it, (Malachi 3:16) or be grieved by it (Nurnbers 12:1-10).
Sometimes it is possible to steer a conversation toward profitable subjects by sincere questions. Rather than assuming a superior air or endeavoring to pontificate on his own chosen lines of thought, a believer can ask for the opinion of those he is speaking with. This allows the others to enter into a dialogue without an embarrassing rebuke and follows James' wise counsel: "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak" (James 1:19). Our supreme example is our Lord Jesus Who, at the age of twelve, was found in the temple, "sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers." What marvelous grace that He Who knew all things should, consistent with His age, be asking them questions as well as answering when they inquired!