Thursday, May 31, 2018
Hello Dear Ones,
In our conversations...
It is so easy to criticize others, even loved ones.
It is easy to make assumptions about someone's intentions or motives.
It is easy to interrupt instead of letting someone finish what they are saying.
It is easy to get defensive instead of really listening to what someone is trying to say.
It is easy to accuse someone of something we don't even know is true.
Instead, we should love in thought, word, and deed.
We should watch out for our little member, our tongue (James 3:5), and remember the fire it starts that is hard to put out.
Words can be so very painful to the hearer, and we cannot take back what has been said.
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I think many have lost that art of conversation.ReplyDelete
I think so too...Delete
It makes us long for Heaven all the more doesn't it ? The place where we will be perfect as we should be. The place where there are no more tears or pain or misunderstanding. The place where we will finally know truth clearly and, above all, the place we will be with our Saviour.I suppose our earthly failing make Heaven all the more wonderful ! Whilst here we have to live with our imperfections, striving to be better, but constantly thankful for grace to us,and extending grace upon grace to others.ReplyDelete
Yes, it does make us long for Heaven where there will be no more tears for anyone there, and no more sin.Delete
I have a very bad habit of interrupting, especially if the person speaks slowly, I make the mistake of thinking they have finished their thought. I am always telling myself to wait.ReplyDelete
I think good conversation starts with listening. Really listening to the other person and understanding before replying. I think that too often I am not really listening, but thinking of what to reply. In a world where everything has become so fast and competitive, understanding others has taken a back seat.ReplyDelete
I pray every day that Christ will temper my desire to respond with the first thing that jumps into my head and cause someone pain.
There is an older lady in our church who is a friend of ours and everytime I speak she remains silent until I am done speaking. Then, when she is sure I am finished, she speaks. I have been trying to do the same.ReplyDelete
And I am reminded also that (1 Cor. 13): 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [b]puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [c]thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails.
And so why do I assume evil, or rudely interrupt, or not hope for the best in people? I think it is a good reminder to strive to be like Love, to be like God.