When things go wrong in a relationship, we can almost always be sure that people are talking in hurtful ways to each other.
This is one reason why it’s important to often take personal inventory about the way we use our words.
Another reason relates to local Churches. Teaching people the right ways to speak to one another (and about one another) is essential to preserving the unity of Christian fellowship.
Believers are called to “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Some of the most destructive forces threatening unity are related to speech (James 3).
The first practical problem faced by the early Church involved verbal complaints.
“But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food” (Acts…
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