The root cause of conflict points back to “poor communication.” How many of us want to be “heard?” How many times do we feel we failed in a conversation? My parents would not be happy with my conversation at times, so they would say to me, “You shouldn’t speak before you think!”

Forty-six years later, I still struggle to understand what they were saying to me. But, I have a clearer understanding of their teaching as I think back to the many times I have “dropped the ball” when trying to express myself or listen to others as they expressed themselves. That also applies to sharing the Gospel; after all, it is a lot about communication! We must strive for success when telling others Jesus can transform lives as we obey His words. Please consider how we can relate wisely to others in all situations:

If I’m wise, I won’t compromise my integrity. Proverbs 10:9 says, “He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.”

If I’m wise, I won’t antagonize your anger or allow my anger to overtake me. Proverbs 14:29 says, “He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.”

If I’m wise, I won’t minimize your feelings. Proverbs 15:4 says, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”

If I’m wise, I won’t criticize your suggestions. Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.”

If I’m wise, I won’t emphasize your mistakes. Proverbs 17:9 says, “He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.”

If I’m wise, I won’t disguise my weaknesses. Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

Wise communication allows for growing conversations and optimistic opportunities when showing the love of our Lord. This is not easy to do, but can be achieved through deep study of God’s Word and fervent prayers for God’s wisdom and guidance. – Allen Jones South Green Street church of Christ Glasgow, KY

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