Thursday, April 6, 2017
Ecclesiastes 5:2 "Do not quick with your mouth, do not hasty in your heart to utter anything fore God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your ."
James 1: 19-20 "
In our sin, we’d rather trust in ourselves than another, amass our own righteousness than receive another’s, speak our thoughts than listen to someone else."
Listening to God. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey." Prayer is a two way conversation between you and God, not just a place to express ourselves and our needs. Are you listening, as well as speaking, to God? Listening to God takes reverence and humility. Going to a place to be alone with God means turning off the world and it's distractions that pry our attention away. Romans 10:17, "Faith comes from the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ."
Listening to others. “Poor listening diminishes another person, while good listening invites them to exist and matter.” How often are we preparing our response in our minds, rather than listening to the full story? "We need to hear the whole train of thought, all the way to the caboose, before starting across the tracks." We must not get defensive but wait to express our opinions till it's our turn. Proverbs 18:13.. "To answer before listening—
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, "He who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life. . . . Anyone who thinks that his time is too valuable to spend keeping quiet will eventually have no time for God and his brother, but only for himself and for his own follies."
As for myself, many of my friends think I'm a good listener. I can't take all of the credit, because my mask keeps me quiet [verbally] until it's taken off. Therefore, I do have a little extra time to consider what I'm going to say. My mask has saved me from some foolish outbursts and I thank God right then and there for my mask. Yes, my mask and diminished air endurance has taught me to listen more intently and let my words be fewer, but also to make my fewer words count more with a purpose in mind. May my two ears do more work in my own life, than my one mouth, and may I follow what I hear from Him alone.