RENEWAL Devotional: Communication Breakdown
Written by: Rev. Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain, licensed and ordained minister
I’d like for you to ask yourself a question: “am I harsh or critical toward my spouse?” Or, instead, are you speaking words of encouragement, life and love? God cares about how we talk to each other. I Peter 3:8-10 says: “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are there unto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.”
We may not realize that when we argue or yell at each other, especially in front of our children, this is not an acceptable form of communication. I believe this kind of communication is what Ephesians 4:29 talks about being “…corrupt communication.”
Sometimes we lose track of how long we have been neglecting one another and substitute that love with drugs or alcohol. Positive communication is essential in every relationship. God’s plan is for us to talk to each other and communicate in love.
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