Joining up with Marcy over at Ben & Me for “Blogging through the Alphabet” and super excited to do so!
Comminication and Confrontation – two words that make you want to run the other way? Or two words that you know, in the end, will bring healing? Regardless of which it brings to mind first, without communication NOTHING works – at least not the way it was intended.
If you look up “communicate” on dictionary.com this is what you get:
verb (used without object)
1. to give or interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, etc.: Theycommunicate with each other every day.
2. to express thoughts, feelings, or information easily or effectively.
3. to be joined or connected: The rooms communicated by means of a hallway.
If you look up “confront” on dictionary.com this is what you get:
verb (used with object)
1. to face in hostility or defiance; oppose: The feuding factions confronted one another.
2. to present for acknowledgment, contradiction, etc.; set face to face: They confronted him withevidence of his crime.
3. to stand or come in front of; stand or meet facing: The two long-separated brothers confronted eachother speechlessly.
4. to be in one’s way: the numerous obstacles that still confronted him.
5. to bring together for examination or comparison.
Personally, although a negative thought comes to mind first when thinking of “confronting”, I like to change that to more of a thought as shared in #2 and #5 above. Confrontation does NOT have to be a BAD thing.
I grew up in a family where communication was minimal but confrontation (as shared in #1, 3 & 4 above) were constant. Life was exhausting to say the least. From my past, I have learned that life does NOT have to be that way. And more importantly, that is NOT the way the Lord intended things to be. Many negatively confronted the Lord but His response was the same – communicate. He did not run from people, He shared the truth with love (normally). Keep in mind though that He didn’t “sugar coat” it either. He stated things the way they were and He left it at that.
Communication is ESSENTIAL for ANY relationship to thrive. Relationships simply do not make it without this important part. It doesn’t mean it is easy. But I have found that so many things in life are not easy, but are very much worth the work it took to get there. I’m sure you have experienced that in your own life as well.
I would like to challenge you today – to communicate with someone that you need to talk with that you have been putting off. Communicate with love, if possible, as Jesus did. And do your best to walk away with a BETTER RELATIONSHIP than when you started the conversation.
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Have a wonderfully blessed day!