EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES IN FAMILY AND MARRIAGE LIFE

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TOPIC: COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES IN FAMILY LIFE

Scripture:Proverbs 18: 13. He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! The matter of communication has skills. Today we shall briefly outline the techniques in achieving effective communication.

What are the techniques:

A. On verbal communication:

1. Learn to listen to your partner before you respond. Our anchor scripture (Prov.18:13) reveals that before you answer a matter, you must understand it very well! If you speak without getting the message sent to you it makes you to a fool.

There are those who are listening to you just to know what to answer, they are not listening to understand what you are saying but just to have something to say. This must be avoided in family matters! Infact listen with rapt attention with the intention of understanding what the other person is saying before replying.

Listening is a communication skill, learn to listen more than talking, that is why God gave us two ears but one mouth. The Bible said:

James 1: 19. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

2. Avoid keeping silence when your partner is soliciting for feedback. We usually say ‘silence is golden’!

But if it has to do with family life, silence must be avoided at all cost because it is in your home you have the highest form of freedom, where you want to be yourself! Communion that forms the bedrock of the family is now being threatened because of poor communication. Do you know one of the most vicious and destructive communication techniques is silence?

Have you ever witnessed a scenario where you are talking with your spouse and he/she kept mute when you are expecting a feedback from him/her?

When a partner retreats into silence, our very presence, existence and significance are ignored by the most significant person in our lives. In fact most people would consider such silence an insult.

Although, silence can communicate satisfaction, happiness, a sense contentment and well being! Similarly, it can as well communicate dissatisfaction, contempt, anger, sulking, I don’t care attitudes or I don’t give a damn or I will show you! etc.

What are the techniques in handling the issue of silence?

Break the silence by asking ” what do you think about what I said” or “your silence is telling me something” or I will like to talk to you about your silence and what it does to me but first I will like to hear what you think about your silence. This will help your partner to open up and break the silence.

3. The tone of your voice: the tone of your voice, the pitch of your voice all has a way of affecting your message. You can’t be grumbling, hissing, crying etc and your tone remain the same. Rather speak in cool and lovely tone to your spouse.

Don’t use a commanding tone for your spouse because you want to pass instructions. Don’t raise your voice on mattesr that can be resolved calmly!

Be polite, and show respect through the tone of your voice. In this regard, the women folk need to pay serious attention to the matter of verbal communication because they are blessed with verbal power. Dear wife use your verbal power to promote harmony in your family by opening your mouth with wisdom;

Proverbs 31: 26. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Proverbs 15: 1. A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Wisdom for speech making is so vital in maintaining a healthy home. Therefore let everyone who desires such wisdom ask of God;

James 1: 5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Remember this; Heaven is real and hell is real. The decision for eternity is now, give your heart to Jesus today.

Prayer points:

– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord help me to develop communication skills for my family life in Jesus name.

Prophetic Declaration;

– I declare no home reading this shall suffer a setback because of lack of wisdom of communication.
-Receive wisdom to communicate wisely in all your relationships in Jesus name.

From your brother Alex
God bless you.

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