Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them. Malachi 3:16 (ESV)

There are five types of communication that make up the fabric of our relationships, according to a sermon by Robert J. Morgan, and they play a special role in keeping marriages from unraveling.

  1. Small Talk:  Little conversations with one another that are pleasurable, builds rapport, and often lead to bigger things.
  2. Serious Talk: Where you broach difficult issues at a heart level.
  3. Self Talk:  Conversing about personal problems, fears, hopes and ambitions.
  4. Soul Talk:  Where spiritual matters are openly discussed such as those about your relationship with God and how you apply it to your everyday situations.
  5. Sweet Talk:  Things such as, “I love you, Sugar Baby” – the language that can be best described as verbal snuggling.

Morgan says few marriages fail when these five kinds of communication are frequently practiced between a husband and wife. Keep talking with words and an attitude that honors God, and you’ll avoid needless misunderstanding and miscommunication in your home.

Choose one of the five types of communication that you feel can be most improved on in your family relationships.

Going Deeper
Proverbs 15:1-18; James 3:1-18; 1 Peter 3:1-12

For additional encouragement related to today’s devotional click here.

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