“I’ll Call You…”

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34 (NLT)

We’ve probably all said it at one point or other in our lives. “I’ll call you.” Did we really mean it? This frequently quoted phrase is often said with no meaning at all, and the reliability of our communication is threatened when we spew words with no meaning.

There are so many ways to communicate today: Skype, text, email, social networks, chat – and yes, there’s the old-fashioned telephone and snail mail. One friend told me he regularly uses five different methods of communication in one hour! But how successful is his communication?

“I’ll call you.” This one phrase, which has become utterly meaningless, is a sign of our times, the way of our culture. With so many ways to reach out and communicate with our friends, you’d think we’d be more connected in our relationships than ever. However, studies show many people are craving honest connections as never before. Why? Because many of the words we speak have no meaning or sincerity to back them up.

When it comes to connecting with others, maybe it’s best to start with honesty. I know I want people to trust me, so I pray that whatever comes out of my mouth will be what I really mean. If I make a promise, I want people to know I will follow through. And if I say I’m going to call you, get ready for your phone to ring.

Perhaps you feel the need for more meaningful connections, too. Slow down and think before you talk. Speak the truth, and only say what you really mean. This is one way we show that we are men and women of integrity – as well as showing our love and respect for others.

But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. Matthew 5:37 (NKJV)

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