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00284 - Four Candles

Misunderstanding can be as hurtful as it can be hilarious. Certainly hilarious if the intent was good. One time on a mission trip to India, I spoke in a small church and tried to speak in Tamil. I should have told the leaders wife how lovely her sari was. Instead I suggested it made her look like a goat. Everyone laughed and for a while I was oblivious until someone explained I got it wrong.

Even with the best of intentions we can end up being so wrong. Proverbs 19:20 says ‘Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.’ (ESV) That time in India, I was rushing and didn’t listen to what I should have said.

If mis-understanding has caused division in life, then apologise, the outcome is then with the other person. We have only one life to live, live it well.


Never let mis-understanding be a stumbling block in life.


Lord, where I have mis-understood, help me laugh it off and move on. Amen.

Action Point

To watch how our lives can so easily be mis-understood, take a look at the Two Ronnies Four Candles comedy sketch here.

Copyright notices

(ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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