If any of those statements sounded familiar--you're not alone. Communication does not have to be a subject of dread or source of anxiety. Each of us have the ability to communicate with empathy and compassion as we hone our listening skills. Becoming an engaged listener is a precursor to productive and effective communication; a skill that takes practice, patience, time, and effort. And, there is no better teacher than the Master of communication--Jesus! An in-depth study of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) affords us the opportunity to model Christ in our interactions with others.
Jesus routinely offered platforms for people to share their hearts--their concerns, experiences, frustrations, doubt, or pessimism. He met people at their point of need; where they were. He listened expertly and with great care and compassion to those who were hurting, lost, confused, broken, frustrated, suspicious, full of doubt, sick, worried, and distressed. If we observe, implement, and apply the techniques He used to effectively communicate with empathy, love, and compassion--we will be on our way to healthier, more mutually satisfying relationships.