Law Enforcement Officers are trained on how to effectively communicate with people on traffic stops, with victims of crime, and with suspects. But did you know that the Bible has already taught us how to do that? Check out these four verses:
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, (edifying = lifting up and encouraging others) that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (guile = deceitfulness)
1 Peter 3:10
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
I know it is a rough world out there, but that doesn’t mean we have to be like that world we work in. If we speak with professionalism, courtesy, and even with a dose of compassion, people will respond to us in much better ways. People often see Law Enforcement Officers as adversaries, but words that are spoken appropriately will help reduce resistance to your efforts, will provide some real help to those in need, and will reflect very well upon yourself, the Sheriff’s Office, and upon the Lord Who is the One that we ultimately are to please.