The holiday season is here and with that come a lot more conversations with relatives you may not agree with.

Don’t dread those interactions. Make a commitment to be a blessing when you see them. 

Here’s some encouragement for the next time you are getting together with family: 

Think before you speak. 
“Wherefore, mybelovedbretheren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (James 1:19 KJV)

Speak softly
Yelling and speaking harsh words won’t solve issues. Proverbs 15:1 (NLT) says, ” A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”

Avoid offensive words.
“If anymanoffend not in words, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3:2 KJV)
Don’t allow yourself to fall into a habit of communicating with sarcasm, non-constructive criticism, cutting remarks, and ridiculing others. 

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The Take Away:

It’s important to realize that there is a difference between talking and communicating. A person who’s a good talker isn’t automatically a good communicator. Communication skills aren’t something we’re born with. We have to learn those skills and then continue to grow and develop in them.

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