Genesis 49:1-15 Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come...
Jacob calls all his sons together for his final words in Genesis 49, and, boy is he ever candid with them. He tells his sons to listen to him and then he informs each one individually what they can expect going forward. Jacob's approach is straightforward and his words are very telling when it comes to each son's character. As hard as it may have been, Jacob didn't pull any punches. He told/revealed the ugly and undesirable things right along with the good characteristics.
This got me thinking about how we have a tendency to not see, maybe overlook, or simply have an inaccurate perception of what we're like and how we operate. So even though it may be hard to hear, it's good to have someone like a spouse, a parent, a friend, or even a child speak candidly with us...in love.
So how can we make sure we're listening and open to what others tell us about ourselves? How might you go about telling someone something difficult...in love? Tami W.
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