In order to lead leaders, we must speak with grace. This is held at a premium in our world today. When the heat of interpersonal conflict rises, we have a tendency to speak with a harsh tone, one that demands what we want. Wisdom offers a different way.
Solomon counseled: “One who speaks with grace will have a king for a friend.” (Proverbs 22:11). A pure heart receives God’s grace, His undeserved love, His unmerited favor, which frames our speech. Our words become loving, full of favor, and focused on the advancement of God’s heart in others. Christ, who fully surrendered all to the Father, is the grace of God (see 2 Corinthians 8:9). It is Christ in us who will lead leaders to Him.
Surrender your heart and mouth to Christ. Follow Paul’s teaching: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). Unwholesome talk is juxtaposed with building others up. Consequently, unwholesome talk is not merely coarse language, but words that tear others down, usually in order to lift ourselves up, the opposite of benefiting those who listen. When you speak with grace, The King of kings will use your words to draw others to Himself.