Biblical Communication

Communication is a big part of what we do here at PPA. In fact, communication is a big part of our Christian walks. As believers, we want to communicate whether in verbal, electronic, or written form within the parameters of God’s Word.  

We all understand the power of the tongue. It contains both the power to build up and the power to tear down, of which we have all experienced both. On this topic, the instruction of James is most appropriate. 

4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 
5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 
7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 
10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

James 3:4-10

 

As believers, we are called to communicate with gracious speech. “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6). Gracious speech consists of wisdom and appropriateness. Knowing what to say at the appropriate time, and through the appropriate channel. 

We are called to communicate with self-control and intentionality. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). According to this passage, our speech should be without corruption and filled with that which is good for building up, and just maybe we will be able to give grace to those who hear. What a privilege the Lord has given us, in that we would have the opportunity to be ministers of His grace. 

Communication consists of three elements. What was said (locution), what was meant by the speaker (illocution), and what was received by the audience (perlocution). The fact that these exist should tell us a few things.

1. We are capable of saying something we didn’t mean, therefore, we must be humble and intentional rather than arrogant and flippant.

2. It is important for you to know your audience. This requires relationship and respect. 

3. Good communication requires skill. We must be mindful what is appropriate for our audience to hear at what time.

At PPA these concepts are important and should be embodied in the communication practices of our staff, students, and parents. We at PPA want to communicate with our families in a way that shows our love and respect for them and their precious children. We want to model this for our students as we are training and equipping men and women to be heralds of the greatest message, a hope-filled salve fashioned for the fatal wound of a dying world.

Let us be the first to instruct on the need for gracious and respectful communication and may we be the first to model this communication. 

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