Almost two weeks ago, I made an attempt to stir up some discussion amongst us.
I described 3 different types of communicators, and asked that you try to figure out which one best described you. I had hoped that it would break the ice and I would have a few of you leave comments on whether you were a Q, R, or G.
I was bummed that you were all Qs and couldn't even muster up the courage to admit it. But I'll give you another chance!
Here is just one scripture that I feel touches on communication.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
This verse packs a big punch, eh?
Of course we know that we are supposed to watch what we say! Hello! We know that gossip is wrong. We know that cursing is wrong. We know that nagging our spouses is wrong. We know that telling an off-color joke is wrong. We know that telling a lie is wrong.
We know that we should speak up for Christ when given the chance. We know we should share His message with the lost. We know that we should disciple new believers. We know that we should encourage those who are hurting with kind words.
We know that we should pray.
So, I'm curious.
When was the last time you spoke about someone in a way that wasn't pleasing to the Lord?
When was the last time you expressed frustration with words that you probably wouldn't have used if your pastor was by your side?
When was the last time you used words that annoyed, frustrated, or even ridiculed your spouse?
When was the last time you forwarded a joke to select few, but again, chose to not share that with the pastor?
When was the last time you exaggerated the truth ever-so-slightly?
When was the last time you took a verbal stand for Christ?
When was the last time you were able to sit down and share God's love and forgiveness with a lost person?
When was the last time you took time to disciple a new Christian?
When was the last time you went out of your way to express sincere concern for someone in need of encouragement?
When was the last time you really talked with God?
I have often taken spells where I get into writing in my journal. I write down my thoughts from the day, events from the day, and even what I ate. Just the act of writing it down helps me to be more aware of what is going on in my life. When I am really serious about having a more balanced diet, I keep a food journal. I can't question why I'm up a few lbs if I have concrete notes stating I ate 4 slices of pizza for dinner 5 times this week! What makes it even more effective, is when I would turn it into the trainer at the gym. I don't want them thinking I am too weak to abstain from overindulging, so I can either lie and eat bad, or I can eat in a way that I don't mind admitting to.
Are you communicating in a way that you don't mind admitting to?
If you kept a journal of things you were saying, or things that you should have said, would you be embarrassed to share it with me?
Maybe you are a Q who is struggling with being more vocal with your faith.
Maybe you are a R who needs to go out of your way more often to disciple and encourage others.
Maybe you are a G who needs to practice more submission to Christ's authority when speaking.
If you are like me, and you answered these questions, but don't want to share your answers with any humans anytime soon, I hope you will share them with the Lord. I pray that it will encourage you to spend more time in His word learning ways to be more like Him.
If you feel comfortable, leave a comment with your thoughts on this post. Share another scripture, or even a testimony as to how God is using you and your style of communicating for His glory.