Two-Way Streets of Communication

April 10, 2015

“For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me?” (2Corinthians 2:2)

Every relationship we have is a two-way street. According to the Apostle Paul whatever we send down that street comes back up that street with a dynamic impact on that relationship.  Jesus states this same truth with a positive spin when He teaches hypercritical people, “With the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:2)

This was a relevant marketplace metaphor at the time of Christ.  If you were selling oats and a fellow merchant in the marketplace was selling wheat, when you bought from each other you could request to use their bushel standard of measurement.  Paraphrased, this is saying that whatever standard you use when you give to the other person in a relationship, they will use that same standard when they give to you. All of this means that we cannot control the weather or rainy days, but we can control the emotional climate that surrounds us in a relationship.

Communication is not only what is said but what is heard.  It is not only what is said but what is felt.  How does the communication you are contributing in a relationship make the other person in that relationship feel?  If you’re sending negative waves into that other person’s life, is that likely to inspire them to send positive waves in your direction?

Paul gave us another great teaching on this subject when he wrote, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for the building up of others, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29)

I challenge you to apply these teachings of Jesus and Paul in your relationships.

Dick Woodward, 05 February 2011


An Inspired Art Gallery

November 10, 2011

“So the Word became human and made his home among us.” (John 1:14 NLT)

 The Gospel of John is like an inspired Art gallery.  Every chapter of the Gospel is like a room in that gallery with beautiful portraits of Jesus Christ hanging on the walls.  In the first room, the portrait is that of Jesus as the Word that became human to make His home among us.

If you want to communicate a great idea wrap it in a person.  God does that all the way through the Bible.  He communicates the concept of faith by wrapping it in the person of Abraham.  He tells us what grace is by wrapping that beautiful concept in the person of Jacob.

What does it mean when we are told that Jesus is the Word?  A word is the vehicle of a thought.  When I want to communicate thoughts that are in my mind to your mind I use words as vehicles of my thoughts.  God had ‘Thought’ that He wanted to express to this world.  Jesus was like a beautiful comprehensive Word that expressed the Thought of God to this world – and to you and me.

Our loving Heavenly Father decided that an inspired written Word was not enough.  He wanted us to see His expressed thought in human flesh and blood.  He therefore became human and made His home with us so we could see and experience His expressed thought toward us.

The Word not only made His home among us – He wants to make His home in us.  If He has done that for you, what great ideas does He want to communicate to others by wrapping them in your life?