Adjust How You Communicate
Posted: Wednesday, September 14
Verse of the day:
Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), and all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (” (Galatians 1:1-5)
Have you ever been belittled for no apparent reason?
Early in his ministry, Paul was belittled by a group of people who were going from church to church questioning his authority and teaching. They argued that Gentile Christians needed to be circumcised and to follow the Jewish dietary laws in order to be saved. They also argued that Paul was not a true Apostle.
Paul sought to address this conflict head-on by writing a letter to the Galatians.
In his letter, he was unapologetically clear about the truth of the gospel and about his credentials as an apostle.
He abandoned his Greek style letter writing format and started the letter to the Galatians in an unconventional way. The beginning of his letter sounds more like a news story and the first five verses serve as the “lead” (conveying the main point of the letter and encouraging further reading).
You see, Paul knew some of the Galatians believed the lies of his adversaries. He knew they were apprehensive about anything he had to say. So, he adjusted his writing style so that the Galatians were able to get right to his main point – just in case they did not read the whole thing….
What will you do when you are belittled? What will you say? How will you say it?
Like Paul, you should address the issue head-on and unapologetically say the truth.
Furthermore, you should adjust how you communicate in order to avoid misunderstandings.
1.) Start with the main point and then give secondary details.
2.) Recognize when a delivery method has outgrown its usefulness. (At what point should you stop emailing and actually talk to the person face to face?)