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Bulletin Article 7/15/2018
Power in Conversations


Here is a classic situation: mom says, "clean your room" you say, "okay." After a couple of hours, she checks your room and it’s still dirty, so she asks, "why haven’t you cleaned your room?" to which you respond with, "you didn’t say when to clean my room." This is a common situation, and one that we kind of adapt to. As we get older and give kids responsibility, they may try to get out of those responsibilities with technicalities. "Technically I am obeying you because you didn’t give me a time to do it, mom."

When we anticipate what someone might say, especially when it contrasts with what we want them to say, we may try to control the conversation by giving more or less specifics, depending on the situation. We may want to have more power than the other person in our conversations at work, in our free time, or even when with the church. Maybe someone we don’t care for is up for promotion, so we say things that will make us look superior or them inferior. Maybe there’s a church leader we don’t agree with, so we say things that will make others distrust that leaders’ judgement.

Whatever the case, this isn’t Christlike but can be prideful, which will result in more loss than gain regarding eternal things. It’s because of this James writes, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James. 4.6). When speaking with others, how much power am I seeking?