COVENANT FAMILY DAILY MEDITATION
DATE: MONDAY, 2ND September 2019
THEME: EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
TOPIC: GODLY COMMUNICATION
He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it (1 Peter 3:11)
POINTS OF EMPHASIS:
Paul says that we are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Speaking the truth without love can be insensitive, harsh, or cruel. Love without truth is mushy, weak, and misleading. We need both in balance. It’s not enough just to deny self or turn from evil. Also, we must actively do good and pursue peace with others. As the apostle Paul wrote (Rom. 14:19), “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Peter says that we are to turn away from evil, which includes such sins as anger, violence, sexual immorality, greed, drunkenness, and drug abuse, which all hinder good communication (Gal. 5:19-21). But evil goes deeper than these things. At the root of all evil is living for self in disregard of God and others. Living for self, seeking self-fulfillment, thinking first about ourselves and not about others and all wrong word builds barriers to godly communication, which seeks to understand the other person’s point-of-view.
Think about your speech in your family and among your friends this past week. How much of it was sarcastic, critical, angry, or accusatory? How much was aimed at blessing and building up your family members and friends?
Do I really communicate with people around me in a godly way?
Lord help me to communicate in a godly way hanceforth.
I choose to communicate in a godly manner always.
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