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“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” - Proverbs 15:1, 2.


Because words are the most important symbols of communication, they should be employed effectively as a means of reaching out to one another.  We should use our tongues aright. Scripture says: “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”. (Ephesians 4:29) When there is disagreement, refusal to speak to each other aggravates an already worsening situation in the home.  A husband and wife can achieve better understanding by talking things over i.e. a face to face conversation.  Don't ever store up anger! “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them” warns Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:19. For seven days after Job lost children and property, he kept silent and so his colleagues could not really discuss with him.  (Job 1:13) Thus, the greatest single advantage of oral communication is that it provides immediate feedback.  Although the response may be only a facial expression e.g.. a smile or a frown, the sender can judge how his ideas have been received.  There is therefore opportunity to immediately clarify meanings and resolve unexpected problems instantly.

Our Saviour said, “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”  - Luke 17:3, 4.

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