Can You Hear Me Now? (4 of 6) by Jeff Schreve

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Can You Hear Me Now? (4 of 6)
Series: And They Lived Happily Ever After
Jeff Schreve
James 1:19

We've been in a series on Sunday nights called, ''And They Lived Happily Ever After.'' And we've been talking about marriage. And I want to ask, how many people in this room are married? All right, a good number. That's good. How many people in this room say, ''I'm not married, but I hope one day to be married?'' All right! How many people say, ''Either I am married, I hope to be married, but I want my marriage, whether I have one now or I'm getting one later, I want it to be great?'' Anybody want a great marriage? Okay. That's, that's good. Well, if you want to have a great marriage, you have to learn how to communicate. Communication is so critical in marriage. Poor communication can get you in serious trouble.

Now listen. If you don't know how to communicate, you can find yourself swallowed up in a terrible trap called isolationism. And in marriage, if you're trapped in this pit of isolationism, you're lonely, you feel so misunderstood, you feel so unloved, and you're so greatly discouraged. And you think Why did I want to get married in the first place? You have to learn to communicate.

Now, God wants to teach us about communication because He wants us to have a great marriage. And in order to have a great marriage, you have to be able to communicate.

Now, in James chapter 1 and verse 19 there's a great verse about communication, and the Lord has much to share with us from this one verse. I'm going to read it from The New Living Translation. The Scripture says, ''Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.'' Quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. All right, you want to improve and work on your communication skills? I know that there are wives in here that they're just praying to themselves right now, ''God, open my husband's ears so that he can learn,'' becau ...


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