COMMUNICATION OR CORRESPONDENCE 3-23-17
Philemon 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Communication—-the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
Correspondence—-communication by exchange of letters.
The word “communication” is used in the bible 6 times. All but possibly one time is pertaining directly to words that come out of your mouth. The word “correspondence” is not used in scripture at all even though a lot of letters were written and exchanged. There were four places that come to mind where correspondence was used by the Lord. John 8:6 gives the account of the woman taken in the act of adultery. It says that after they questioned Jesus tempting him, he stooped down and wrote on the ground. As they continued asking him what they should do with her, he stood and answered; “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then he stooped down and continued writing, probably waiting on them to be convicted by their own conscience and leave. We all know how the story ends but we have no idea what he wrote and neither does anyone else except probably the woman and her accusers. At this point, it doesn’t matter as long as she found forgiveness and she did. That was the only time in the New Testament where I found that Jesus used written correspondence himself.
Two of the other times was when God wrote the commandments in stone. First, in Exodus 31:18 when God finished writing the tables of stone with his finger he gave them to Moses. The first two tables were hewn out and written by God. After Moses destroyed them, Moses had to hew out the next two for God to write on. They were again written with the finger of God. In Daniel 5:5 there came forth fingers of a man’s hand and wrote on the plaster on the wall in the king’s palace. Unless I missed something, these were the only four times that the Lord used written correspondence to man. Throughout the remainder of scripture, God used spoken words to
COMMUNICATE with his people or to pass judgment on sinners. He done so by prophets, priest, apostles, and disciples. Many of them wrote letters but God didn’t write CORRESPONDENCE but these four times. He did speak of our names being written in the Lamb’s book of life but that was written about us and not to us. He also spoke of a record kept of our deeds done in the body whether they be good or bad.
The reason I am even writing on this subject is because of something I have noticed about texting and facebook. We don’t communicate anymore with each other. I admit that I am guilty but folks close to me will tell you that if you text me, your phone may start ringing in your hand. I am bad to call people because I know they are using their phone. I just like people and like to talk to them in person or at least in a live conversation. LOL does not show any emotion, sincerity, excitement, passion, admiration, or anything else that a spoken word can convey. This can be a problem because words can hurt and often lack of verbal communication can create problems that might not otherwise exist. Don’t get me wrong, writing is a wonderful thing and has it’s place. I would be pretty hypocritical to bash writing while I sit here writing a post to you.
I have noticed numerous times on facebook, parents corresponding with their children over social media when they could, and should, just walk in their room, sit down and have a conversation with them. I am glad that we didn’t have all the technology when I was growing up. Think of all the things we would have missed for example; the anticipation and dread, depending on the circumstances, of the statement: “wait till your dad gets home.” Another one was, “we can ask him if he calls”. The excitement of calling a girl you have had your eye on and kind of like and counting the rings till she picks up or losing your nerve and hanging up. No caller ID or cell phones back in the day. But now, all of that is gone. We don’t even have to speak to exchange information just simply send a text and hope the other party knows what the words mean without vowels.
What about the times when, your parents because you were there speaking to them, could tell something was on your mind. Then you would sit, sometimes for hours just talking about nothing or getting help with a problem. There was a certain amount of compassion involved in those conversations that would have been completely lost with text or email. Those were the moments that relationships were built on. I am thankful that I grew up in a home where my parents always had time to talk to me and to listen to me. We have lost a lot of communication with the advent of so much technology.
I mentioned the parent/child relationship and there is also the relationships between friends and also the relationship between husbands and wives or boyfriend and girlfriend. How many times has a missed keystroke sent the wrong message and created a misunderstanding? The biggest concern that I have, and don’t get me wrong, I may be behind the times but I love this stuff. I am concerned with the whole issue of bearing one another’s burdens. I see prayer request just tossed around like they mean nothing. Then there is always the “like and share” pitiful pictures and circumstances that no one knows personally nor do we know where it came from or if it is even real. I spoke with a friend at church Wednesday night that has a serious prayer object that he asked me to pray about. I saw the concern in his eyes and heard the uncertainty in his voice. You can’t get that from facebook or a text. I am friends with him on facebook but it was important enough that he shared it with me personally and asked me to pray. I am not knocking true prayer requests on facebook. I am afraid that we pass requests around so much without any real thought that we don’t stop and realize that these are real situations in real peoples lives and need a real answer from God. If we aren’t careful, we will sacrifice a close relationship and communication with God and choose rather to just have correspondence with him. These posts are written for encouragement and are a direct result of prayer and confirmation from God by way of communication. A talk with him determines what is needed on a particular day. I can go to him with my frustrations, as I did on Wednesday night when I started this post, and by the time he finishes talking to me and calming my soul, I hope it comes out not as my frustration but as God’s encouragement to you. I am the first one to endure conviction when God deals with my heart as I am writing. I hope that I have brought across the point that we need to have regular communication with God, both talking to him and listening to what he has to say. Also, in our communication with each other, we need to take the time to build the relationship personally, not electronically. You will be surprised at what a blessing it will be not only for you, but for all parties involved. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!