We recently seem to be hovering around the topic of clarity particularly in communication. We observe a significant disparity between the words SPOKEN by Jesus and the MEANING or INTERPRETATION which was made out of it.

John 21:23 So rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

This was two different schools of thought.

Beloved, it is a dangerous thing to assign meaning to the words you hear. Even more concerning if the communicator’s intention differs from any deductions made. It puts you in the unusual spot of responding in a manner that is disproportionate or unrelated to the issue at hand.

You are more likely to go away with an idea, a conviction or a charge with which you then run zealously. Unfortunately, that race will be run in the wrong direction and your speed will becomes a disadvantage. Before assigning ‘your meaning’ and dashing off, perhaps ask ‘is this what they wanted to communicate?’

If unsure, clarify. Better a delayed understanding than a wrong conclusion.


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