Openness in Communication


THIS is why it is so important to have a Kaleidoscope Perspective! The closer we get to the coming of Christ, the more we are becoming ONE. The more we become ONE, the more prepared we are for His coming. We are of many, ONE.

PerSpectives 12 Ministries

Holding a perspective of openness positively affects cross-cultural communication in ministry because it creates an opportunity for Christian hospitality in a diverse environment. Simply stated, biblical openness reflects characteristics of accepting (e.g., Matt 20:16; John 4; Luke 5; Rom 15:7), not passing judgment (e.g., Matt 7:1-29) and understanding (e.g., Prov 2:2-5; 18:2; Col 4:6; 1 John 2:9-11) people from various cultures.

Jan Paron/August 26, 2013

Openness supports hospitality. When believers communicate with an open demeanor–accepting, not judging, and understanding–they impart an invitational tone to a conversation. Consequently, communication welcomes nonbelievers with Jesus’ light, as well as bids their Christian brethren to reconcile in unity. Jesus modeled openness that often broke cultural boundaries. His exchange with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well exemplified cultural border crossing. When Jesus spoke to her, He ignored centuries-old animosity between Jews and Samaritans due to strong racial and religious tensions. As a result of His encounter with the woman, she went into the city and told other Samaritans of the Christ (John 4:28). Jesus then stayed in their village for two days, exposing…

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