by: FCC Staff
Communication is such an interesting feature of society. It can be verbal, non-verbal, visual, written… So many options to choose from! Proverbs 10:10 references a “wink of the eye.” There’s some debate as to exactly what Solomon was referring to, but given the context, it seems to reference nonverbal communication that is deceptive, insincere, and indirect. Surely you’ve never experienced anything like that before, right?
Proverbs emphasizes that honest and direct language is most healthy. Proverbs 27:5 says, “better is open rebuke than love that is concealed.” Jesus, in Matthew 18 outlines conflict resolution as a direct and open dialogue. Ephesians 4:29 emphasizes the importance of edifying communication when Paul says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
In a culture that is quick to speak and slow to listen, it is increasingly important for God’s Church to do the opposite. Let us look for ways to speak truthfully and kindly to each other and those who don’t yet know Jesus. Let our presence among unbelievers point to the living God who is the source of all joy and goodness.
Prayer for today: Lord, help us recognize when our communication needs more of you and less of me. Help us to be a shining light of truth and honesty in a world littered with lies and deceit. Thank you for making yourself known to us through the life and ministry of your son. Amen.