May it please you my brothers and sisters to address you on a vital and so important subject that we lack daily. The subject of LISTENING. I pray that God will open your understanding and show you His real intention when He attached ears to our heads, and a heart that beats. Holding titles and degrees are for edifying and teaching others that are willing to listen and learn. As leaders or responsible persons we must take this seriously and follow the examples that are left for us. Many people quote Martin Luther Kind Jr, Mother Theresa, Shakespere and many more people of greatness. Can the same thing be said of us while we are still alive.
When listening to man, what you hear depends on how you hear. It is so sad to know that after a conversation the right thing said is repeated with negativity. I believe the simple and more effective way is to ask questions if you don’t understand what is said. This way we avoid the embarrassment it can cause and put someone to shame. However, the audience gets bigger when something is misconstrued. We see this everywhere from the beginning of times in the garden of Eden. That little lie or the addition of a three letter word, and without listening or asking a question the truth was changed to a lie. Unfortunately it continues today in the church and to add insult to injuries there is an addendum of blame attached to the lie. You should be quick to listen, but slow to speak and even slower to become angry (James 1:19), for anger does not bring about the Christian example that God desires. Listen with understanding.
The following Scripture Readings are for your enlightenment for the day and I pray that they will be a constant guide to you in the darkest moment of your life.
Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad. – Romans 12:15
Everything that is hidden will become clear, and every secret thing will be made known. So be careful how you listen. Those who have understanding will be given more. But those who do not have understanding, even what they think they have will be taken away from them. – Luke 8:17-18
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and patient. The Lord’s servant must gently teach those who disagree. Then maybe God will let them change their minds so they can accept the truth. – 2 Timothy 2:24-25
My dear brothers and sisters, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily, because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants. – James 1:19-20 This is Paul speaking to the church today. A man who became our example for us to follow. We need to declare to our God who we are and what we want to be through Him.
Let us Pray
Pray that you might faithfully hear the Word and use the Word to glorify God in all other things that you hear and say. Lord Jesus open my ears that I will hear and my heart to understand your truth when spoken. Help me to be sure of what I hear before I open my mouth and speak. Whenever I do help that the words I speak will be a blessing to those that hear it. AMEN
What does “listen with understanding” convey to you. How are you at being quick to listen and slow to speak? How about being even slower to become angry? All three can be convicting! Join the conversation themysticalorder.blogspot.com! We would love to hear from you about having eager ears and slow mouths and hearts! ~
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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