Say what you mean and mean what you say

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each one.  Colossians 4:6

Communication is an important part of my life.  I teach and I am constantly communicating with students, parents, colleagues, etc…. I have come to realize that all aspects of communication are so very important; from the non-verbal, verbal, and listening… and even the written word.

Words are very powerful.  Proverbs 18:21 ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue,…” The things you say to people and how you say them can speak life or death into someone’s life.  And sometimes it is not what you say, but more about how you say it.  Proverbs 12:18 “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”  and Proverbs 16:24 “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” The writer of Proverbs spoke often about speech and how words are very important.

Communication in relationships is highly important in life.  Communication can be the success or failure of any relationship in life.  A friendship is grown through communication and interaction. And this communication should be more than just typed words through a message or text. Because so much miscommunication comes when it is not face to face communication, especially where relationships are concerned.

Honesty is also important in communication and relationships.  There is trust gained when communication is open and honest. If trust is ever broken, then it is difficult to get back.

However, the most important key in communication is Listening.  That includes listening to what is said, written, or clarifying when you do not completely understand.  Misunderstanding is usually the root of distrust and breakdown in communication.

James 1:19 “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;…”

Today, as you go through your day communicating, be purposeful in your communication.  Listen more than you speak.  Be honest.  Be clear.  Be positive.  And speak Life to those around you.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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