Communication

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“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

When God created man and woman he gave us the gift of communication. What a wonderful gift to be able to communicate between loved ones, friends, non-friends, and even people who may be our enemies.  How we use this precious gift can sometimes get us into a trouble, or cause problems for others. Satan tries to influence what we say, adding his interpretations of what we hear or say.

We have no greater teacher of how to communicate than our God.

“Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.” Jeremiah 1:9

God is telling Jeremiah that he will give words for him to say when he calls him to be his prophet. God has given us the ability to talk. No matter the context in our lives, let our words be what He would say. Use our words wisely.

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” James 1:19  

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. Prov 18:2

This is a big one. Listen to what’s being said. This is especially important when the person who is communicating has hidden meanings in their words, not intentionally, but it’s how they talk.

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts…” don’t let the words spoken be meant to destroy the other…”but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18

Communication is not a battle, an argument. It’s understanding what others are saying.

Don’t say things that you might be sorry for later. “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Psalm 141:3 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 “

 

My Lord, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14. Remind me to be a good listener. If I don’t understand what’s being said, prod me to ask questions. Let my words be like “apples of gold” in my communication, “a setting of silver.”