Good Morning Friends
This morning we will continue on with our series on 'Communication'. As we know communication is vital to relationships, without it we open doors for all kinds of problems to set in. So, let's continue with where we left of last week. Non-Communication....
• Creates an environment of hostility, bitterness and resentment. When we communicate it opens the door for others to enter in and engage as well. Healthy Communication makes us feel 'valued' and opens the door for us to receive and give back. When communication is void or unhealthy it does just the opposite, it is de-valuing and causes wounds and hurt. If this continues over time anger and bitterness will take root.
• Affects how we relate to God and others.....If we have grown up in families where we were not allowed to show our feelings openly, as adults, we will not communicate very well. this not only affects how we relate to a personal God who wants to talk to us, but also us talking to him. God is relational and he wants relationship with us. If we struggle with communication we may find it difficult to talk to God but He understands and listens to us when we call on His Name. For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile----the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:12-13
• Is being self-centered....If we purposely hold back from talking to others as a punishment to try and get even with them this is wrong! This is a selfish act and we need to deal with the reasons for not talking to someone. If we have been hurt, we should go to them regardless of how difficult that can be and tell them they have been wounded and forgive them. This will restore the relationship again.
• Are signs of deeper unresolved issues.....There are usually deeper issues going on behind the scenes where there is a lack of communication, especially if it was good then suddenly just dropped off. We need to get to the root of why communication has stopped and deal with the issue whether it is emotional or spiritual.
• Can cause a soft heart to harden. If we let a wrong affect us to the point of withdrawl from that person and we refuse to reconcile with them, we run the risk of our heart becoming hard. Once our heart becomes hardened it is more difficult to let the hurt go and it is more difficult to draw close to God because of our sin. The answer is to humble ourselves to God and let him heal our heart, then go the person and restore the relationship again.
We are going to stop here for today and next week we will talk about 'obstacles' in communication. Since communication is key is our relationships, practice this week being better communicators with those around us. Be Blessed and see you next week.