I'm just sharing some basic tips about communication today that are often forgotten. These are very basic, and if we do not currently practice them, we should work on making them a habit so that we may have that "meek and quiet spirit" that is of great worth to the Lord.
When someone is speaking to you, listen. Really listen. Be attentive. Don't think about whatever else is going on around you, or what you should say in reply while someone is telling you about something. Just be quiet and listen.
If you don't quite understand what is being said, or if you would like further information, ask questions. This is to be done politely, of course, and with a goal of having better understanding. It is much better to ask questions than to make assumptions about someone or something. There are so many times that people have made assumptions about me instead of taking the time to get to know me or asking questions to find out what is really going on in my life or what I think about something. Making assumptions can be terribly destructive.
Don't Spread or Listen to Gossip
Many times, gossip is made based on assumptions someone has made about someone else, or it may be a deliberate spreading of falsehood if someone is really malicious. We should get in the habit of not passing on, or listening to, unseemly news or information about others, but instead go to the source, if need be, to find out the truth. The Bible has much to say against slander and gossip.
I will leave off with this verse, and encourage you to be reading God's wonderful Word every day, as it has much to teach us about communication (as well as everything else that pertains to life and godliness).
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. (James 1:26)
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