Communication involves LISTENING & TALKING…
with GOD & PEOPLE
LISTENING to God
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative -that is, the Holy Spirit – He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
Why is LISTENING important?
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.
He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
TALKING to God
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:6-7 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
COMMUNICATING with people
Colossians 3:8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.
James 1:19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
LISTENING to people
Listen with your face
Listen until other person is finished speaking
TALKING to people
Never say “never” or “always”
Use “I” statements, not “You” statements
Most important COMMUNICATION to people
Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
BEFORE WE SPEAK…
Is it TRUE?
Exodus 20:16 You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
Is it KIND?
Titus 3:2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
Is it NECESSARY?
Proverbs 11:22 A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.