Overcoming Sin through Christ: Interrupting

Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Interrupting

Do you have difficulty listening to a friend or family member speak while you feel forced to remain silent? You, therefore, force yourself into the conversation so you can tell others what you are thinking? This interference can become bothersome and disrespectful since you are more interested in telling others what you think than in listening to them.

We may think of interrupting during a conversation as more of a discourteous practice than a sinful one.  However, since it violates various Biblical principles, we should view it as sinful. 

Interrupt means “to interfere with action or speech, especially by interjecting a remark: Please don’t interrupt.”[1]  Paul writes, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).  Can we really say that when we interrupt a person’s speech we are saying something helpful and worthwhile?  Does it give “grace” to those who hear?

What about the so-called “Golden Rule”? As we know, this means that we should treat others the way we would want to be treated (cf. Luke 6:31; Matthew 7:12). We would probably agree that if we do practice this Golden Rule, we won’t make it a practice of interrupting others when they speak. 

The apostle also says that you should “know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6).  Generally, the person who interrupts is more interested in what he has to say than in quietly waiting for the other to finish speaking.  Since love “does not act unbecomingly” and “does not seek its own” (1 Corinthians 13:5) we should generally hold our speech until the other person is done speaking.  James reminds us, “Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak” (1:19).  Occasionally there may need to be an exception to this if someone continues on and on without much substance to his or her conversation.

 



[1] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

 

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