Free to communicate and relate
We live in a world full of devices designed to help us communicate.
Mobile phones and the internet are constantly providing new ways to keep in touch.
But in reality, many of us are no better at communicating than our ancestors were.
We struggle to communicate.
We don’t really know how to relate.
Jesus wants to set us free to communicate with him.
Jesus wants to set us free to communicate with the people around us.
True communication is not about having the latest gadgets or apps.
It is about learning to be honest and transparent.
We need to learn the basics:
Expressing gratitude - saying "thank you."
Being honest about our needs - saying "please."
Telling the truth about our faults - saying "sorry" and asking for forgiveness.
Learning to forgive other people too.
Resisting the temptation to gossip.
Resisting the temptation to judge others.
Love one another.
John 13:34 (NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another.
Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Encourage one another.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Confess your sins to each other.
James 5:16 (NIV)
Stop passing judgement on one another.
Romans 14:13 (NIV)
Forgive one another.
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Do not lie to each other.
Colossians 3:9 (NIV)
Don’t grumble against each other.
James 5:9 (NIV)