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It's How You Say It

June 15, 2020 Lonnie Wibberding
Umpqua Connect
It's How You Say It
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It's How You Say It
Jun 15, 2020
Lonnie Wibberding

A short devotional on Proverbs 15:1. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.

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A short devotional on Proverbs 15:1. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Monday, June 15, 2020

Back in 1995 I was in college and took a class on preaching. Since I was on a track to become a pastor, that seemed like a good idea. Although I don't remember a lot of details from my college classes, I remember some details from that preaching class that have stuck with me for 25 years.

The professor, Dr. Derek Morris, was talking about communication. He told us 55% of the message we convey when we are communicating comes from body language and facial expressions, 38% comes from tone of voice, and only 7% comes from the words we say.

As a young man of 21 this surprised me. I thought words counted for a lot more of the message we convey.

But as 25 years have past, I think this is truer than ever.

If I say, "I love you", that's different than saying "I love you", or "I love you". The message that is really conveyed has everything to do with the emotions and attitude behind it.

Of course, Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, knew this. He saw the power of how you communicate being as important, and arguably more important than what you say.

In our text today he gives us more practical advice on how to use our tone of voice, and body language to avoid going down a path that can waste time and energy.

Proverbs 15:1 says:

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Quarrels and angry disputes are one of the biggest sink holes we can throw our time and energy into. Yet, often, before things get spinning out of control, we can stop a dispute before it starts.

The power of your body language and the tone of your voice is a powerful force to stop a fight in its tracks.

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow