“I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayer…For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.” Philemon 4,7
“It’s a beautiful day!”
It only takes a few short moments to determine the mood of someone around you. Two words could be all you need. Perhaps three or four at the most. Tone, inflection, and word choice can also tell us so much. A short phrase will determine if we need to have a smile ready, stay quiet, or be on-guard.
Simple phrases. The countenance of the face. Even our posture in being a peacemaker can be vitally important. We have a choice in how we start our conversations. Beginning with, “I don’t want to insult you, but….” Probably has a very low rate of success!
In his letter to Philemon, the Apostle Paul shows us an example of how we can approach people with kindness. He thanks God for them!
Is this how you approach your friends? Your family? Your coworkers? Even when the relationship is messy, the way we approach the person can make a huge difference.
When you’re entering a difficult relational environment, ask God in prayer to allow you to see the other person with a thankful heart.
Lord, grant me the mind of Christ as I see people around me. Show me the best of who they are. Help me to start communication in a way that is full of love, kindness and gentleness. Amen.