Can You Hear Me Now? (part 2)

12 12 2007

Even if you do not harbor any of the hindrances of open communication you still need these principles from the Book of Proverbs to ensure proper and productive communication.

PRINCIPLES OF OPEN COMMUNICATION

1. Choose to listen (Proverbs 10:19)

“You aren’t listening to me!” We are all guilty of being on the receiving end of this rebuke. Sometimes we must force ourselves to listen. You multi-taskers need to stop what you are doing and look at the person as they speak. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.

2. Try not to embarrass (Proverbs 12:4)

It’s not funny to humiliate your spouse. If you embarrass a teen in front of your peers, you owe them a humble and sincere apology.

3. Use words that encourage (Proverbs 18:21)

Use your tongue to build people up, not to tear them down.

4. Do not be a nag (Proverbs 21:9,19)

No one likes to hear a nag. There are certainly better ways to get things done.

5. Let praise work for you (Proverbs 27:21)

Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for rebuke. Most of the time, you could communicate your desires through praise. Don’t flatter, but be sincere.

6. Do not use words that get on nerves (Proverbs 27:15)

A continual drip will either drive you crazy or teach you to block it out. If you use words that amount to a continual drip – stop!

7. Let kindness be the law (Proverbs 31:26

Tongues will slip, forgiveness needs to be granted. Allow kindness to soften your words and be the dominating factor in your communication.

This is not the last word on communication within marriages and families, but these truths will prevent many disasters. Strive to make your home a “Sweet Home.”

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