* Reliability needed in communication
In Solomon’s day, a king had to rely on messengers for information about his country. These messengers had to be trustworthy. Inaccurate information could lead to bloodshed. Reliable communication is still vital. If the message received is different from the message sent, marriages, businesses, and diplomatic relations can all break down. It is important to choose your words well and to avoid reacting until you clearly understand what the other person means. (NLT)
Proverbs 13:17 – An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing.
* Nagging hinders communication
Quarrelsome nagging, a steady stream of unwanted advice, is a form of torture. People nag because they think they’re not getting through, but nagging hinders communication more than it helps. When tempted to engage in this destructive habit, stop and examine your motives. Are you more concerned about yourself–getting your way, being right–than about the person you are pretending to help? If you are truly concerned about other people, think of a more effective way to get through to them. Surprise them with words of patience and love, and see what happens. (NLT)
Proverbs 27:15-16 – A nagging wife is as annoying as the constant dripping on a rainy day. Trying to stop her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or hold something with greased hands.
* Why many are afraid to talk with God
Ahaz appeared righteous by saying he would not test God with a sign (“I wouldn’t test the Lord like that”). In fact, God had told him to ask, but Ahaz didn’t really want to know what God would say. Often we use some excuse, such as not wanting to bother God, to keep us from communicating with him. Don’t let anything keep you from hearing and obeying God. (NLT)
Isaiah 7:12 – But the king refused. “No,” he said, “I wouldn’t test the Lord like that.”
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