Communication in the Bible

22 Mar

I’m trying to find what the Bible says on communication.

I know the emphasis on being slow to anger, and gentle in response to a tell-off. All of that. But I’m looking specifically for how to be open, how to talk to each other, social norms.

I know I’m kinda shooting myself in the foot here. The Bible doesn’t do ‘social norms’. It merely says Be imitators of God.

But if you have an idea of what the Bible might say for how to un-hurt a friend (small or big!), how to be genuine in your care for the other in the way that you talk to them…

We have common sense. Here’s some of mine:

Listen to people. Really listen to them.

Honour their commitment.

Be grateful that they want to spend time with you.

Consider their emotions, anticipate their feelings.

Look for detail – in their reactions and in yours!

And there’s a lot online about how to be friends, how to be a couple, how to be leaders… Especially a lot on dating and marriage from the Christian net circles 😉 Like:

Loving one’s spouse according to the Scriptures involves four elements: 1. A genuine care and concern resulting in self-sacrificial attitudes and actions to meet the needs of your spouse 2. A commitment to fulfill your God-ordained marriage responsibility to your wife or husband 3. A romantic and sexual desire and attraction 4. A commitment to separate oneself from others of the opposite sex for exclusive and permanent romantic and physical intimacy. 

– Ron Jones at the Titus Institute.

But remind me of your favourite verses in the Bible that deal with those things? Or stories in the Bible that allow us to “be imitators”? All those relationships, please! Thanks!


2 Responses to “Communication in the Bible”

  1. Josh Ingram March 30, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Hmm… “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26) is a good one. Though, then, it’s built up to a crescendo and as such communication isn’t an option.

    I just finished a series of posts on marriage with communication as its overarching theme. “Figures of Speech” I called it. If you feel so inclined, check it out and lemme know what ya think!

  2. writeroo March 30, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Hi Josh, thanks for reading through! I did go over and check out a couple of your Figures of Speech posts.

    I love Ephesians 4:26. I thought it would be such a wonderful house rule to have, growing up (I was quite an irritable teen!). And in fact, 25 and 29 are pretty useful too. But yes, it moves on to other things. And v 29 sometimes almost seems like a nod in the opposite direction…

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