Back in 2012, Atlanta ranked ninth in the list of largest capital cities in the United States. Communications is a key factor in the growth of the city. The metro area is a hub for many with excellent communication skills.
Communication is vital in the business world, as well as, in everyday life. The ability comes easier for some than it does for others, but the ability for self-expression in conversation either in person or over the phone, texts, and e-mails, and other correspondence is vitally important. Sometimes the latter can prove to be extremely difficult at times. Facial expression and body language are not perceived. Thus the discussion and dialogue can prove more problematic. Misunderstandings are sometimes inevitable.
The lack of communication or its improper use has been the culprit of many failed or strained relationships. Sometimes the best communication starts with listening, which for me can be a challenge. My husband says I like to talk. But the ability to listen is vital to good communication. And sometimes we need to try to hear what is not even being communicated
The Bible offers some excellent communication instruction and some examples are as follows:
“And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:” Genesis 18:27 (KJV)
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” James 1:19 (KJV)
“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6 (KJV)
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:6 (KJV)
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” Proverbs 24:6 (KJV)
“If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?” Proverbs 24:12 (KJV)
And most importantly, Jesus taught us how to talk to the Father in prayer; “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Speaking up, clearly, with the right attitude, and sometimes remaining quiet can prove instrumental in our relationships with God, our family, friends, acquaintances, and business associates.