Today I woke up early to Skype with one of my guys back in Taiwan. I use the term my guys for a small handful of men that I’ve dedicated myself to pouring into. Yet, we didn’t actually talk because we’d confused timezones. I was actually a day early. Not a bad problem to have, but it got me thinking about other miscommunications I’d been responsible for , or at very least, taken part in.
Since being in America, we’ve begun to feel a little out of the the loop with everyone at the Aroma. It’s talking to friends and speaking at churches about what the Aroma is about, yet not having as much do with what’s being done in that moment.
If you can imagine yourself in a similar situation, now imagine that same scenario in a completely different language. The struggle is real. Even in our own language we often have trouble communicating with people, so much so that people write books and attend seminars just to figure out how to speak words with each other.
While books and seminars are great, thank goodness we as Christians have been given the Holy Spirit to help us communicate. Whether you’ve thought about it or not, the Holy Spirit effects all areas of our life and that includes how we interact with those around us.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Thank you, Father, for giving us the Holy Spirit to help us communicate with the people around us. Would you give us your eyes for the people we interact with. Soften our hearts and give us a supernatural dose of your mercy and grace as we deal with others who aren’t perfect; just like us!
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.