I was reading a post on Facebook this morning about broken Family relationships.  The post really made me realize how important just listening can be. In solving Family relationship problems, as well as solving other relationship problems; too often we feel our way is the only way. Jesus taught us to listen to others problems. Jesus was a great teacher, but He was a great listener as well. Throughout scripture Jesus tells us: “He who has ears, let him hear.” Jesus strongly makes the point of listening when He is talking about John the Baptist in Matthew: 11:15, The Message;
“Are you listening to Me? Really listening?”
Perhaps some don’t have the physical ability to hear with their ears but they can “hear”with their heart. Listen with discernment. You do not have to believe everything you hear. Don’t listen to others just to find out something to criticize. Listen with an open heart. You can readily show someone how important they are by giving them your undivided attention. Remember, you have two ears but only one mouth; therefore we should listen twice as much as we talk. You cannot understand what someone else needs if you are doing all the talking. Jesus knew one of the greatest ways to minister to others was by listening. Jesus practiced effective listening to minister to a wide range of people.
Romans 12:14 The Message (MSG); “Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.”
Many people just want to find someone who will listen to their problems. If you want to show a true Christian concern, learn to be a good and effective listener. And remember, your way is not always the best or right way.
Bill Davis