I have a degree in English and I am constantly amazed at how poor my communication skills are. I speak and I think I have been crystal clear, but afterwards I talk to three different people and find they each heard something completely different!
I love the following miscommunications that I ran across in a list of things written on insurance forms.
- An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.
- I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.
- The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.
- The pedestrian had no idea which way to run, so I ran over him.
Or how about these excuses kids have handed in?
- My son is under the doctor’s care and should not take P.E. today. Please execute him.
- Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father’s fault.
Think about God’s communication with us. He tells us that He loves us; that His love won’t ever fade or end. He tells us He will free us. And then He backs it up with action. There’s no miscommunication here. He tells us that He’ll do whatever it takes to save us from the sin we so easily commit. And He doesn’t just speak empty words. His words became action when Jesus carried the cross to a bleak hill where it was used to murder Him.
But the story doesn’t end there. It continues after Jesus has conquered hell and death—after He rises from the dead. This is the communication God most wants us to understand because understanding it will transform your relationship with Him and with others.
“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9).