When we think of the word conversation in our times, we usually take it to mean that a discussion is going on. However, in the days of early English, conversation had a much fuller meaning as shown in the King James version of the Bible. In the Bible it is used to denote the manner in which a person conducts their lives overall, particularly as displayed by their habitual actions.
The writers of the Bible, inspired by the Holy Spirit, had the understanding that our actions should match our words. We can easily tell others what they want to hear in our use of conversation (speech) in this day and age, but in the biblical sense, if what we say does not match our actions, our conversation (lifestyle, character) can really be determined by our actions. If our conversation (way of life) is not in line with God’s principles, then God and his people know that not only will our conversation (way of life) be wack, our conversation (speech) will also be wack, according to these scriptures:
For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: Galatians 1:13
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ephesians 2:3
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers: 1 Peter 1:18
On the other hand, once we embrace the Lord Jesus our whole conversation (character, way of life) will change and this in turn will change our conversation (speech), according to these scriptures:
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; Philippians 1:27
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. James 3:13
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:12
Christians, though fallible, are good people called to do good works. We are only made good by God’s grace, not by doing good to work our way into God’s graces. Only after receiving this gift through Jesus Christ can we carry on good, honest discussions that come from the only good, honest conversation (way of life) worth having. Even in situations where we don’t have a conversation (discussion), our conversation (lifestyle) should be conversation enough. As Christians we should affirm these ideas constantly so we can maintain good works (Titus 3:8).