- Listen to your children as they explain their school day.
- Listen to your spouse as he or she talks about the pressures and demands of life and work.
- Listen to your heart and your body. Your body tells you what you need to be healthy in mind, body, and soul.
- Listen to words of The Lord. His still small voice leads us and guides us if we stop and listen to His instructions.
There is so much we can learn about a person, a business, or a relationship if we listen. Our faith grows when we hear (listen) to God speak through His word (Rom. 10:17). In other words, our ability to receive what God says and then apply it, grows our faith.
There is also a lot of drama that can be avoided by listening more.
The word of God tells us to be quick to hear and slow to speak (Jam. 1:19). Learning to listen well does not happen instantly. It requires discipline, effort, and intentionality. If we learn to be patient and loving, we can improve upon our listening skills.
The best ministry you might do today is to listen to someone’s pain, anger, or hurt from beginning to end. Your listening skills can reassure them that God is with them.
Take the time to listen.