Be Gracious - Saturday's Dose - 29th December 2012

Saturday's Dose - 29th December 2012

Be Gracious

Today's Scripture

"Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out." - Colossians 4:6 MSG.

Thoughts for Today

Once we let our hidden feelings and struggles surface and acknowledge them to God and to ourselves, the next step is to learn how to express them
appropriately to the significant people in our lives. One key for doing this is to understand the difference between expressing our feelings through
"you-messages" and expressing them through "I-messages."

Developing this communication skill is important in all areas of our lives, but especially when we express our feelings to our loved ones about the emotional subject of their life-controlling problems.

Consider this …

You-messages tend to increase conflict and cause the other person to become defensive. These messages can cause the other person to feel put down, rejected, resistant or unimportant. Examples: "You have a problem with …" "You just don't care!" "Can't you …"

On the other hand, when we express ourselves with I-messages, we take responsibility for our own feelings. Examples: "I feel very angry because …" "I feel rejected when …" "I'm feeling hurt because …"

Developing I-message skills can help us be gracious in our speech. More about this tomorrow.

Prayer : Our Merciful Loving Father,I am ready to express my honest feelings. Help me to do it graciously. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Devotionals Team