Thought To Ponder

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Don’t listen in order to make a response, but listen to understand what is being said.

James 1:19- “Know this my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

Proverbs 18:13- “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.”

Proverbs 18:22- “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”

Proverbs 17:27- “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”

Very often I find it difficult to restrain my thoughts while impatiently waiting to speak, especially if I strongly disagree with the other person’s view on the topic. However I need to keep in mind the fact that Scripture clearly instructs me to listen and restrain my hasty response. I have come to believe the key to obedience concerning proper communication is to humbly submit my racing thoughts to the Holy Spirit and carefully listen to everything that is being said; only then can I clarify what I heard by asking questions in an appropriate and respectful manner.

Jesus said on more than one occasion, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear [!]” (Matthew 11:15). These words of Jesus take on even greater significance as I meditate on the aforementioned scriptures—it appears that listening is a virtue, while responding without full understanding is something to be fiercely avoided.

One Reply to “Thought To Ponder”

  1. In these turbulent days this post is very timely. Too many people are reacting , some viciously(including professed Christians), before they listen with discernment to confirm their belief or change it. Jesus’ church( all true believers} should practice this more and get together on their beliefs and stand on them. Knowledge comes from God and His Holy Spirit delivers it through whom he decides, not always preachers and teachers. Thank you for your steadfast search for God’s truth.

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