6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

The words that we speak are to be full of grace and seasoned with salt. They are to be heavy on the Gospel and light on the Law. They are to be mostly encouraging and only slightly critical.

Harvard Business Review states that “The factor that made the greatest difference between the most and least successful teams, Heaphy and Losada found, was the ratio of positive comments to negative comments that the participants made to one another. The average ratio for the highest-performing teams was 5.6.” This is echoed by John Gottman’s analysis of wedded couples’ likelihood of getting divorced or remaining married. The single biggest determinant is the ratio of positive to negative comments the partners make to one another. And the optimal ratio is once again five positive comments for every negative one. Some, like Dr. Latham in his research, up this ratio to 8 positive comments for every negative one.

So, go ahead and splurge on the good stuff. Fill up your conversations with grace, and love, and encouraging words.

1 Response

  1. BigBuck

    Boy I feel like I could use more grace in that department at home.
    Thank you father for helping me to speak more grace, love and encouraging words to my family. Help me not to be critical and fault finding. Easily angered and irritated. Help me to come with a soft answer to my wife, children, co- workers, relatives , ect . Especially when my cup is full of this worlds emotions . Help me empty it as I confess these things to you so that you may fill it with the fruits of your spirit. Thank you father in Jesus name Amen!

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