Practical Christianity Series - Tact

Matthew 7:12

Tonight I want to continue with a series of messages that deal with making our faith, practical and positive. Remember, Jesus called us to be 'salt' and 'light' in this world. (Mt. 5:13-14) Before we can be 'light' we must first be 'salt'. That means we are to have an influence. That means we must develop or hone our people skills. How we deal with others. This is so important if we want to be a positive witness for Christ.

Tonight I want to discuss a little word, 'tact'. Webster defines it as "a keen sense if what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense'. There are a number of synonyms for it: diplomacy, discretion, finesse, savvy, poise, and thoughtfulness. Again, our Lord is to be our prime example to follow. When we consider how Jesus dealt with people, we find that it was always with care, love, and tact regardless of who the individual might be. [2]

Even when He drove the moneychangers out of the temple, He didn't rant and rave against them personally. His desire was not to inflict injury either physical or emotional. He made it clear that it was their actions that had violated the temple.

I. We Need to Adopt the Biblical Pattern.

II. Learn the Principles of Communication.

III. Some Practical Suggestions.