I have been reading a book called "War of Words" by Paul Tripp. It has been a great read and steeped in scripture. If you have a chance you will not regret the time you will spend discovering God's intentions for communication in our lives. It has challenged me and came to me at a good time in my life.
Last year was a difficult year communication wise for me - I was challenged and I failed, I picked myself up - tried to listen more and grow.
Here are some great tidbits from his book:
- In the Word we find hope when all seems hopeless, riches when we feel poor, power when we see our weakness, and rule when everything around us seems out of control
- Parents, you deny the gospel when you allow your communication with your child to be ruled by unrestrained emotions and desires. (I think this could be directed toward teachers or anyone else who works with youth)
- We have grave problems in our communication that are much more fundamental than skill, technique and vocabulary...we need more than a training course or a new set of skills. We need the rescue that only Jesus, the Living Word and our Redeemer, can provide.
And tidbits from the Word:
Ephesians 4, Paul calls us to be "completely humble and gentle", "be patient, bearing with one another in love", "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace", to speak "the truth in love", and "be kind and compassionate to one another"
Let these tidbits encourage you and challenge you. Let us use our lips to edify and encourage - to proclaim our Lord!