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Achieving Meaningful Dialogue

This past week my Bible study group discussed chapter 3 of the book of James. Verse 8 states, but no human being can tame the tongue. We see that in our world today. Much is being spoken on social media, news media and among friends and relatives. We are divided over many issues. How do we achieve peaceful and helpful discussions?

I am asking this question for myself. How can I be a better listener? How can I speak truth with grace? When do I let a topic rest?

I think the Bible has an answer. We need to know the commands that God has given us, as Jesus explained.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and will all your mind and with all your strength. The second is like this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31

 We also need to be led by the Holy Spirit, which Jesus promised.

Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed him were to receive. . .  John 7:37-39

When we live in obedience to instructions given in the Bible and spend time in prayer, we receive the help we need. James tells us how to seek wisdom.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5

The early Christians faced problems similar to ours. Paul gave this instruction to the Christians at Colosse.

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer each person.  Colossians 4:5-6

The Bible always has direction for us. Have you found that to be true?

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

5 Comments on “Achieving Meaningful Dialogue

  1. it is hard isn’t it? in this time of such division to figure out how to talk without things blowing up in your face. Continuing to strive for peace is so important. FMF19

  2. What a thoughtful post you have here! It is very timely. I think that social media is a particularly challenging place to avoid divisiveness. When I read something that angers or annoys me, I know it is helpful to wait before responding. The Holy Spirit is more likely to help me find better words than my 1st choice. I 100% agree with you that the Bible will guide us to wisdom in all communications. Thank you for making me think today!

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