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Clear Communication

Posted: Tuesday, January 5

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 11:1-13:4
Matthew 5:1-26
Psalm 5:1-12
Proverbs 1:24-28 

 

Verse of the day:

That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world. (Genesis 11:9)


Be it a family in crisis, a couple which is struggling, or just office tension, one of the greatest causes of stress in our lives is being misrepresented or misunderstood. Clear communication is vital to the strength of any relationship. 

 

 

Imagine what it would be like if, when you awoke tomorrow, everyone in your family spoke a different language. Think about how frustrating it would be to come to a place of understanding. You would have to rely on body language, hand motions, and signs to help to do anything together. This would be an exhausting way to live. Now imagine that you got everyone into the car and drove to a mall, church, or other large gathering place. There you being to look for someone, anyone, that speaks your language. When you finally find someone that understands you, you would naturally begin to build a close bond with that person. You would begin to grow away from those that, even though they are family, don’t understand you.

 

 

Parents often wonder why they lose touch with their teens. When communication breaks down, we drift apart. When our teens find friends that “understand them,” they naturally push away from those parents that don’t speak their language.

 

 

God used the confusion of languages to spread mankind around the world. Satan learned well and has been using the same tactic to divide families. Commit this year to building better forms of communication within your family. Learn how to listen and hear the heart of your spouse, children, and parents. Create safe places where open conversations can happen without tension.  Don’t let the breakdown of communication be the wedge that drives you away from each other. Oh, and by the way, don’t forget to pray. Many times we are separated from God because we forget that our way to communicate to him is in pray. Don’t neglect your prayer time. Communication to God is vital for strong relationship. And don’t worry, He understands all languages, even a language spoken through tears.