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Gene’s Daily Scriptural Postings


06 February 2024

Miscommunication and misunderstanding are some of the biggest sources of conflict on the planet. People generally tend to be far more interested in talking than in listening. As a result, people talk past one another. 


Our politics today is a symptom of that very problem where the different sides talk past and talk over each other constantly. The result is a toxic political discourse which accomplishes very little beyond stirring up anger and strife. Much of the interaction on social media is unfortunately very similar. 


The Bible shows us the answer to this problem. We should instead be swift to hear and slow to speak. Pulling the reins on our anger while we actively listen to the other person allows much better potential for clear communication. 


Most misunderstandings can be quickly cleared away with a direct conversation including some clarifying questions. Besides, anger never produces the righteousness of God. Your anger won't produce righteousness in the other person. Nor will it do so in you either. 


Make it a point to hear what others are saying and watch your communications skills improve dramatically.


So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; — James 1:19 (WEB)

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