This is very true, and I think it applies to a very wide range of concepts in addition to love. There are so many facts, doctrines, thoughts, ideas and feelings expressed in Scripture that it amazes me that we can have any coherence at all between us when we talk about these concepts. That's what makes it critical to let the Spirit guide you as you study the text.Side again: This may be a key difference in reading the Bible vs. being a Christian. Simply reading the Bible as words, you miss the love. "God loves you" on a page means little unless you seek *with your heart* and *feel* the love he has.
That's a good list. I'd add to it that a critical component is that both parties have to have the same understanding of the terms and perspectives. For example, suppose we were sitting around chatting about Christianity and someone says:Great dialogue! Superb content mainly because of the way you all brought up questionable points together!
There are maybe others, but these are the main one's I've observed while watching people in public or just happen to be around me...
- Someone's got to be focused on the topic
Someone's got to be interested in the topic
Someone's got to have some basic knowledge of the topic
Someone's got to know how the topic applies
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