Day 340: Body Language

Day 340: Body Language
December 6, 2014 Neil Kennedy

Proverbs 6:12-14

Riffraff and rascals talk out of both sides of their mouths. They wink at each other; they shuffle their feet; they cross their fingers behind their backs. Their perverse minds are always cooking up something nasty, always stirring up trouble.

Principle

Shifters and gestures are signs that we should discern.

On a recent trip to Chile, my host shared with me that a relaxing gesture that I used while standing and waiting was considered offensive in their culture. Of course, I not only honored his request but have since stopped the habitual use of that gesture.

There is a science behind body language. The science doesn’t have hard facts related to it, and it uses a lot of generalizations; however, many people interpret gestures as a non-verbal communication.

Our Advisor refers to those who are always double-speaking, saying one thing and then saying the opposite. But the perverted-minded also use various body language as signs of their deception—winking, shuffling, crossing fingers—they’re cooking up something to cause trouble.

I am not suggesting that we jump to conclusions, but I encourage you to be aware of the movements of others while they’re talking. Also, listen carefully to their words. Are they consistent? Do their words match their actions?

Those who pervert the truth with their mouth are often dramatic and overly expressive in their body language.

Remember:

Shifters and gestures are signs that we should discern.


Read Proverbs Chapter 6

Neil Kennedy

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