When Pilate asked Jesus his famous question what is truth he was in the right place at the right time asking the right question of the perfectly right person, but in the wrong attitude because he was not ready to listen. (John 18v38) In that case four out of five correct resulted in a failing grade. This shows us how vital good listening is to meaningful communication.
In addition to our tendency as flawed human beings to misunderstand and to miscommunicate with each other, there is also the reality of a multitude of dark spirit beings whose job it is to confound and cause havoc of misunderstanding and miscommunication among God's people. For this reason it is imperative that we be careful with what we say and how we say it, and how we listen. We must be precise in our verbal expression with one another. As the poet said, meaning deteriorates with imprecision, and he was exactly right.
Remember how toward the conclusion of the Gospel of John that Peter asked Jesus about the future of the disciple John. Jesus answered him that if He wanted John to remain until He came what was that to Peter. Peter was to focus on following Jesus. Then we find this verse 23 in the 21st and final chapter of Johns gospel: "So the rumor spread in the community that the disciple (John) would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "if it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is one of the last verses of the Gospel of John, which tells us a strong and lasting mpression is meant to be left and how easily a rumor is spread. Let us take heed to this warning from Jesus through John, and save ourselves a mountain of unnecessary grief and confusion!