Good Communication Can Simplify Our Relationships
… as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ….
Ephesians 4:15 GW
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines communication as “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals.” Without doubt, communication is a complex blend of words, body language, tone and timing.
Effective communication is a key to satisfying interpersonal relationships. It is one of the most important skills to master. When we are able to effectively communicate, any situation can be better handled. That’s why it is so important that we develop outstanding communication skills by knowing what to say, how to say it and when to say it.
Effective communication requires discipline and patience. It’s easy to throw careless words around. But if we say the wrong things we produce strife and discord.
We may believe that we know what another person is thinking, but such an assumption hinders effective communication. Effective and clear communication requires both asking and seeking.
If we seek to clear up a misunderstanding, we need to choose our words carefully, reminding ourselves that there is an appropriate time for everything. Proverbs 25:11 (AMP) teaches, “A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” “Due season” means that the timing of the communication is appropriate.
The Word clearly tells us that we need to be able to discern when the other person is ready and open to receive what we need to discuss. It doesn’t make any sense to initiate working through a misunderstanding when the other person is already upset and in a bad mood.
It is better to prepare to communicate by praying about the timing and asking God for wisdom and insight into the particular situation. He will show you what to do and when to share what is on your heart.
In a loving relationship, sharing your feelings and your opinions is very important. But you also need to be effective in your communication. God might show you that you need to listen more than just speaking what is on your mind.
Most people are quick to speak, but are not so quick to listen. Listening requires our engaging with the other person, seeking to understand what is going on in their hearts. Active listening demonstrates that you honor the other person enough to consider what they are sharing with you.
As Believers, our style of communication should be very different than the world’s model. By applying the relationship wisdom found in the Bible, we can have healthy and harmonious relationships produced by effective communication.
As we apply the principles of the scriptures, allowing the love of God to influencing our communication, challenges are less frequent. We are equipped to handle every situation.
Will you choose to develop your communication skill using God’s Word and the Holy Spirit as your guide? Now, that’s the choice-driven life!
Today’s Bible Reading:
Dan 10-12; John 20
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