Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Light On My Path Part 24 - Tense Communication

When you find yourself in a relationship, whether at home or at work that is charged with tension, ask God into the situation. Prayer does change things!

God will give you the wisdom you need to make changes in tense relationships. His Word reveals practical insight. The communication cycle starts in your heart. You can only change yourself yet that change will very often foster changes in the relationships around you.

Recognize that the overflow of your mouth comes from the attitude of your heart.

“Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45b).

  • Ask God to give you a desire to change the attitude of your heart toward the person you are in tense communication with. Ask Him to help you see that person through His eyes. Ask Him for a kind heart.
  • Ask God to first meet the needs of your heart. Past hurts buried there often become the filters we put the words of others through. Recognize what is true about yourself and what is not. Ask God to give you clarity of understanding. Ask Him to begin the healing process of the deep hurts that may have become your filters.
  • Ask God to give you a willingness to change in spite of all the justification of your own heart to respond negatively.

prayer & reflection

God,
You know the tense cycle that exists in my communication in this relationship. I know that it takes two to work this out yet I know I can only work on change in me. Help me to examine my heart and allow You to touch me and begin to heal me. Give me a new attitude and the power of Your Holy Spirit to respond differently. I need You Lord and I thank you for caring enough to help me.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.