Our Daily Bread Devotional
for June 3,
"Let each one of you speak truth with his
we are members of one another.
"A young boy and his stepfather had difficulty
communicating with each other.
The man was outgoing; the boy was quiet. The elder loved
the youngster loved to read.
stepfather, wanting to get close to the boy, took him on
a fishing trip.
The boy hated it but didn't know how to tell his
stepfather directly. So
he wrote him a note saying he wanted to go home. The man
looked at it and stuck it in his pocket.
trip continued 4 more days. When they finally returned
the boy shared his frustration with his mother and told
her that his
stepfather had paid no attention to his note. His mother
said to him,
"Son, your father can't read." The man had
shared this with the boy.
Good communication occurs not only when we know what we
want to say, but
also when we know the person to whom we are speaking. And
one another requires a willingness to let others know our
weaknesses and limitations.
Paul urged us as believers to speak truthfully with each
other (Ephesians 4:25).
He also admonished us to be "kind to one another,
one another" (v.32). That's Christlike love, and it
security in which good communication can thrive.
We ought to speak the truth we feel
With careful thought for those who hear;
For truth and love must try to sense
What others feel, what others fear. D. De Haan
Listen to understand, then speak with love."
~Source for above Devotional is Our