Without love of another, even true words can be received as false. Fear the words of he who shows no trust of others. His lips appear to lie without cause, and his own dishonesty condemns him. He who loves, speaks highly of those he loves, even when others doubt. He who does not love, speaks low of those who deserve it not. Which are you? My Spirit calls the soul to love, to forgive, to lift. He who speaks low of others, listens not to My words of life. Especially to your brother, who carries also My forgiveness, the lips of those who love, speak no evil against even his imperfection. My words for you are favorable as My love flows in grace to you, covering much of your own imperfection. Sow words of the Spirit, not of the flesh, and you shall harvest the fruit which gives life, both to you and those whom you strengthen.
Luke 6:45 (ESV) –The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Bottom Line: If we have love for our co-workers (treat them as God would want us to), we will not talk down to them, or talk poorly about them. It is too easy to talk about other’s faults, especially when we don’t care too much for them. Our prayer should be to develop a godly love for all those who work with us. If our heart changes toward them, then also will our words. Jesus speaks very highly of us, probably higher than he should – right? Let’s do the same for others.