What are the main ingredients of good communication?
Particularly for spouses, relatives, and friends... These 3 stand out to me...
1. Time – Being together is the first step. Enjoying each other’s company, learning to like the things the other person likes, etc.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7a
"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven… A time to keep silence, And a time to speak.
2. Confidence – Love is a beautiful thing. I’ve seen my wife blossom as we have grown together in our love. Love inspires confidence and drowns out fears.
1 John 4:18
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love…”
3 . Transparency – Being honest with one another is important. Speaking the truth in love is also important. Sharing each others joys, heart aches, successes, failures, etc. is all a big part of good communication.
"But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.”
"Whoever winks with the eye causes trouble and a babbling fool will come to ruin.”