40 Scriptural Ways to More Rewarding Relationships

Ways 1–5

  1. Speak life into every conversation, every email, every text, and every social media post and comment. Words can be warmth or a weapon. Be wise when choosing your words. (Proverbs 18:21)
  2. Mind your thought patterns. Your words have a much better chance at being kind and encouraging (and pleasing to God!) if you’re thinking on good things. (Psalm 139:1–4, Philippians 4:8)
  3. Stay away from verbal diarrhea. Too many words can lead to offending someone or saying things you’ll later come to regret. Before you speak, T.H.I.N.K. first: will my words be true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind? If not, maybe it’s best not to open your mouth. (Proverbs 10:19–21)
  4. The tongue cannot be tamed. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to improve our verbal interactions. Instead of condemning others with your words, celebrate them! Focus on their good qualities and offer praises instead of put-downs. Make it your aim for only praise to stream out of your mouth. (James 3:8–12)
  5. Weigh your words. Think before you speak. Practice the pause — and in the pause, pray. Consider your responses with care, selecting gentle words that convey the truth while promoting understanding and peace. Quick and thoughtless replies often lead to trouble. It’s better to be righteous than right. (Proverbs 15:28)