4 Keys to Championship Communication – Part 2
Read: Ephesians 4:25-32
As football coaches how do we handle mistakes and difficult things that occur in our football program? How do we handle it when a player misses their assignment on the field? How do we handle mistakes made off the field in the classroom or community with our players? How do we handle a misunderstanding with our wife, children or fellow coaches? How do we approach someone who has wronged us, or we have wronged? All of these issues can be difficult, therefore how we communicate in them is Key to successfully building a Championship culture.
We are currently examining Ephesians 4:25-32, where we find 4 Keys to Championship Communication. Last week we looked at verse 25 where we discovered the 1st Key to Championship Communication: “BE HONEST.” This morning we will look at verses 26-27 where we will discover the 2nd Key to Championship Communication: “KEEP CURRENT.”
When dealing with a difficult situation (like the ones mentioned above) it is important we do not ignore the problem or keep putting the problem off to deal with later. We need to “KEEP CURRENT” by working at solving today’s problems to day. We find this principle in verses 26-27, where Paul writes, “26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.”
Notice the phrase in verse 26: “do not let the sun go down on your anger.” If do not “KEEP CURRENT” with difficult situations by working to solve them today, it makes dealing with the problem much more difficult. This leads to answering the question: “Why is it important to KEEP CURRENT in our communication?”
The first reason it is important to “KEEP CURRENT” is because ‘Unresolved anger leads to unbiblical anger.’ We see this in verse 26 where Paul writes, “Be angry and do not sin.” The longer we do not deal with a difficult situation the more the focus becomes self instead of God and our anger leads to a sinful act.
The second reason it is important to “KEEP CURRENT” is because ‘each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:43).” If we wait and wait – the problems just pile up.
The third reason it is important to “KEEP CURRENT” is because ‘saying nothinggives the devil and opportunity (v. 27).’ When we do not “KEEP CURRENT’ the devil begins to drive a wedge between us and the other person, making it more difficult to properly resolve the issue.
The fourth reason it is important to “KEEP CURRENT” is because ‘it hinders your worship of God.’ In Matthew 5:23-24 Jesus says, “23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
Coach, here are 5 questions to ask yourself when bringing up difficult problems (KEEP CURRENT): 1) Do I have my facts right? (Proverbs 18:13), 2) Should love bear this? Or, Is it sinful? (1 Corinthians 13:7), 3) Is my timing, right? (Proverbs 15:23), 4) Is my attitude, right? (Ephesians 4:15), 5) Have I looked to the Lord for help? (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Coach, by the Lord’s empowering grace, let’s carry out Championship Communication by “KEEPING CURRENT” – which leads to Glorifying HIM.
Have a great week!