Are you listening?

listening

Some days it seems like no one is listening. We live in a world filled with so much distraction that the mere act of listening has become a rarity. In fact, to truly listen has to be learned. Most of the time we may think someone has heard us, but they weren’t fully listening. Cell phones, computers, television and the hustle and bustle of busy schedules…cause people to have an overload of mental stimulation. Because of this overload, slowing down enough to honestly listen and comprehend someone is a task. To honestly listen, we must consciously make an effort. Do you realize how much value there is in listening? When we hear what someone says we eliminate assumptions. When we comprehend what someone speaks, we can begin to understand things, such as their emotions…their desires…or their concerns. Listening takes words that have been spoken, and gives them power. This is where true communication happens. God gave us the command to love one another. In order to really love one another, we must be willing to listen to the needs of others. As we begin this day, pay attention to how much you hear throughout the day. Pray to God, asking Him to open up your heart to hear the words of others. When we begin to listen and comprehend what is being said, we will begin to really grow in our faith. We will then be opening our ears to hear exactly what we need to pray about.

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. PROVERBS 1:5

Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. MARK 9:7-8

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. JAMES 1:19-20

God is with us.
Layla

© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light 
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