body language

545 body languageAre you a good communicator? We not only communicate through what we say or write, but also with signals we give consciously or unconsciously. Our body language communicates with other people and sends additional information about the simple spoken word. For example, someone who takes part in a job interview can tell his potential employer that he feels very well, but his clenched hands and fidgeting on the chair convey something else. A person may pretend to be interested in what another person says, but their constant lack of eye contact betrays the game. Interestingly, the apostle Paul describes that each of us is a part of the body of Christ: "But you are the body of Christ, and every one a member" (1, Kor 12,27).

The question arises: which body language do you communicate as a member of the body of Christ? You may say or write many good, positive and encouraging things, but it is the way you behave that says much more. How you shape your life communicates loud and clear what your values ​​and beliefs are. Your attitudes convey the true message that you bring to your fellow human beings.
Are we as an individual, local church or church warm-hearted, friendly and receptive to others? Or are we selfish and crazy and barely notice anyone outside our own small group? Our attitudes speak and communicate with the observing world. Our words of love, acceptance, appreciation and belonging can be stopped in their tracks if our body language denies them.

"For as the body is one, and yet has many members, all the members of the body, though they are many, yet are one body, so also is Christ. For we are all baptized into one body by one Spirit, we are Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, and all are imbued with a Spirit. For even the body is not one member but many "(1, Kor 12,12-14).
We want to hold on, our body language should give honor to all fellow human beings. When we demonstrate the great way of love, they will realize that we are truly the disciples of Christ because he loved us and gave himself for us. Jesus said: "I give you a new commandment: that you love one another. As I have loved you, you too should love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples: when you give room to love "(Jn 13,34-35). While the love of Christ is passed on to other people in virtually all circumstances, our body language reinforces what we say. That's effective communication.

Words come so easily out of your mouth and are cheap if they are not supported by your actions and attitudes of love. When you communicate, whether through the spoken or written word or the way you live, people can see the love of Jesus in you. A love that forgives, accepts, heals and reaches everyone. May that be your body language for all the conversations you lead.

by Barry Robinson