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"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children
to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture
and admonition of the Lord."
~Ephesians 6:4~


Our Daily Bread Devotional for June 3, 2003

Title: Good Communicators
Ephesians 4:25-5:1

"Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for
we are members of one another.
~Ephesians 4:25~

"A young boy and his stepfather had difficulty communicating with each other.
The man was outgoing; the boy was quiet. The elder loved to fish;
the youngster loved to read.

The stepfather, wanting to get close to the boy, took him on a fishing trip.
The boy hated it but didn't know how to tell his stepfather directly. So
he wrote him a note saying he wanted to go home. The man
looked at it and stuck it in his pocket.

The fishing trip continued 4 more days. When they finally returned home,
the boy shared his frustration with his mother and told her that his
stepfather had paid no attention to his note. His mother said to him,
"Son, your father can't read." The man had never
shared this with the boy.

Good communication occurs not only when we know what we want to say, but
also when we know the person to whom we are speaking. And to know
one another requires a willingness to let others know our
weaknesses and limitations.

Paul urged us as believers to speak truthfully with each other (Ephesians 4:25).
He also admonished us to be "kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving
one another" (v.32). That's Christlike love, and it provides the
security in which good communication can thrive. —Haddon Robinson

We ought to speak the truth we feel
With careful thought for those who hear;
For truth and love must try to sense
What others feel, what others fear. —D. De Haan

Listen to understand, then speak with love."
~Source for above Devotional is
Our Daily Bread~

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