What can cause misunderstandings? - Misunderstandings - TouchPoints

What can cause misunderstandings?

Joshua 22:11-12When the rest of Israel heard they had built the altar at Geliloth west of the Jordan River, in the land of Canaan, the whole assembly gathered at Shiloh and prepared to go to war against their brother tribes.

Misunderstandings can be caused by not having all of the facts.

Acts 8:30-31, 34-35Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah; so he asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, when there is no one to instruct me?” And he begged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him . . . The eunuch asked Philip, “Was Isaiah talking about himself or someone else?” So Philip began with this same Scripture and then used many others to tell him the Good News about Jesus.

A lack of instruction can lead to misunderstanding.

Psalm 56:5They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting ways to harm me.

2 Peter 3:16speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters around to mean something quite different from what he meant, just as they do the other parts of Scripture—and the result is disaster for them.

Misunderstandings can result from distorted messages.

Job 6:29Stop assuming my guilt, for I have done no wrong.

Acts 7:25Moses assumed his fellow Israelites would realize that God had sent him to rescue them, but they didn’t.

Wrong assumptions can cause misunderstandings.

Matthew 13:14-15This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: ‘You will hear my words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning. For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes— so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’

2 Corinthians 6:11-13Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you. Our hearts are open to you. If there is a problem between us, it is not because of a lack of love on our part, but because you have withheld your love from us. I am talking now as I would to my own children. Open your hearts to us!

Ephesians 6:4And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.

Proverbs 30:33As the beating of cream yields butter, and a blow to the nose causes bleeding, so anger causes quarrels.

Proverbs 10:12Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love covers all offenses.

Anger, fear, stubbornness, and other emotions can cause misunderstandings.

James 4:3And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

Motives can cause misunderstandings.

Ecclesiastes 10:13Since fools base their thoughts on foolish premises, their conclusions will be wicked madness.

Proverbs 17:19Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who speaks boastfully invites disaster.

Proverbs 20:3Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

Foolish individuals often cause misunderstandings.