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January 12, 2014 - Will You Bless or Curse? - Ephesians 4:15-32

posted Jan 13, 2014, 7:41 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:34 AM ]
Main Thought
Nothing has the capacity to bless or curse life like the  human tongue. Every time we speak we are either  building or destroying.
  • The more you really love someone, the more complicated it becomes to tell the truth. Why?
    • We don’t want to hurt the people we love.
    • We are torn between two conflicting truths.
    • We don’t know the truth.
  • Jesus had an amazing ability to speak with both compassion and conviction at the same time.
    • Compassion: a devotion to be with the other and suffer 
    • Conviction: the expression of a truth that rises from the soul
  • Be most careful with words when you are angry.
  • Jesus got into a lot of conflict but never into an argument. He simply spoke the truth with great care.
  • Only as we stay in a relationship can we struggle to discern the truth that is greater than either party knows on their own.
  • Don’t try to excuse your explosive anger.
  • Implosive anger is also dangerous. Imploders never erupt when angry. They quietly seethe. They act calm but are calmly churning as they keep long accounts.
  • Evil talk includes both explosive and implosive anger, conviction without compassion, and it certainly includes gossip that does more to destroy people than anything else we can do to them.
Pastor Jim | Ephesians 4:15-32