RENEWAL Devotional: Being Misunderstood
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
Have you ever been misunderstood? Being misunderstood can be frustrating, and can even end relationships. Jesus was misunderstood by some in many ways. It is the reason why he often used parables as a communication method to get his point across.
The worst feeling about being misunderstood is that it can taint someone’s reputation through the inaccurate spread of gossip. Whether it was intentional or not, being misunderstood can leave a painful scar in someone’s heart and on the human spirit.
When getting ready to communicate about a very important issue with someone, it is important to pray first. Ask God that the conversation goes the way He wants it to go, and that the truth will speak for itself.
Good communication will help you avoid being misunderstood.
Here are some good tips:
- Pray about your intentions and the message you want to get across.
- Practice what you are going to say.
- Don’t say anything if you feel the outcome is going to hurt someone’s feelings or even possibly ruin a good relationship.
Matthew 5:17 says it best, “7 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ be ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”
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