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The Power of Communication & Relationships

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Good communication forms and sustains relationships while poor communication can lead to all kinds of misunderstandings! To be all that God created us to be and accomplish all that God created us to accomplish, we have to learn how to communicate well. Communication is not just about words. The actual words that you speak only account for 7% of communication, your voice tone is 38% and the rest is body language and expression. The Bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue which means that what you say affects other people. Sometimes we turn people away from God and the Church with our mouths! This is why it is so important to think before you speak so that you don’t say something you didn’t mean to say. I challenge you to count to 10 before you speak, especially when you’re angry, and see if that changes what you say. How we communicate not only affects our relationships with others but our relationships with God as well. There are five levels of communication. The first level is a shallow level of communication which includes small talk and greetings. These have no meaning at all so relationships cannot be built on this level of communication. Next is informational communication where you are just giving information. Gossip falls under this level of communication. The third is inspirational. At this level shows interest in the conversation which brings in some feeling. Fourth is motivational. At this point, you want to do something more out of communication. You want to really get to know that person. Finally is the transformational level of communication. At this level, you are willing to change for the relationship. What level are you communicating on with Christ?