Regents Assembly’s Response to the Death of George Floyd

Positioning Regents For Impact

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1 Timothy 3:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth

– If our conduct does not match our gospel, it will be hard to sell what we preach.
– We must be mindful of what we say.

Colossians 4:6 New International Version (NIV)
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

– Your ministry could be one of encouragement or discouragement.

Effects of Words
1) They can diffuse or escalate a conflict.
Proverbs 15:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.

2) Words can cause irreparable damage destroying reputation and relationships including marriages.

3) Spirits may be crushed by the words of our mouth.

Proverbs 12:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.

Proverbs 12:25 New King James Version (NKJV)
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.

– Remember when we speak we are ministering.

How Do We Learn to Speak with Grace?
(1) We need to ask God to change us.

(2) Learn to listen more than you speak
James 1:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

– When we listen we learn from each other, we develop empathy and grow in the process.

(3) Control Your Anger! How?
(a) Wait – Allow yourself to cool down before you respond
(b) Learn the art of speaking softly
(c) Attack problems not people
(d) Ask God to help you

Ephesians 4:26-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 “Be angry, and do not sin “ do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

(4) Pick your words carefully
Proverbs 21:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.

-It is not how long you talk that is important but what you say.

(5) Let us learn to put the spotlight on the other person and affirm them.
– In every conversation put a spotlight on the strength of others and not their weaknesses.
– Encourage rather that discourage.
– Assume the best not the worst.
– Above all draw people to Christ and not away from Christ.

– Pastor Oliha