Jesus provides us with an example of how to communicate. Check out these posts about some of the specific aspects in the way Jesus communicated:
Being Christ-like involves more than outwardly following Jesus’ example. Being Christ-like goes to the core of our being …. our attitudes, motivations, character.
Communicating in these ways was not a forced expression for Jesus based on need but an outgrowth of the goodness, grace, truth, holiness, righteousness, and love that already defined Him and moved Him.
And, Jesus didn’t communicate to impress people but rather to genuinely respond and relate with them in ways that would build them up and draw them closer to the Father.
Jesus made a difference through the way He communicated, which is why it’s imperative for leaders to be Christ-like to the core in the way they communicate. What’s truly inside tends to come out.
Why Christ-like communication is imperative for leaders:
1) Our words show people what is in our hearts.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (Lk. 6:45)
- Christ-like communication exudes goodness and righteousness, character filled with integrity … a consistent correlation between what we say and do and who we truly are.
2) Our words can build up or tear down the people we serve.
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Prov. 12:18)
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Prov. 15:4)
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Prov. 16:24)
- Christ-like communication is full of both grace and truth flowing from a heart of love and compassion … charitable in how we serve.
3) Our words can bring ruin to what we do, making what has gone before worthless.
He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. (Prov. 13:3)
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
- Christ-like communication is life-giving, leading to growth and that which is good … constructive, not destructive.
4) Our words can spark problems that spiral out of control and do great damage.
Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. (James 3:5-6)
The tongue “is a restless evil, full of deadly poison”. (James 3:8)
- Christ-like communication is guarded by righteousness and truth … controlled and thereby preventing problems.
Surely you would agree that consistent, charitable, constructive, and controlled communication will make a difference. Following Christ’s example to it’s very core is what it will take for us to be Christ-like in the way we communicate.