Communication Is Not Passive
True communication is a two-way street. We must listen and speak, and each in its proper turn.
Both listening and speaking are active; neither are passive.
Both are necessary for a relationship with God, and similarly, both are necessary for a relationship with our brothers—particularly when we know offenses are inevitable.
“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23–24, ESV)
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.” (Matthew 18:15, ESV)
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