If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame – Proverbs 18: 13
- The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. – Proverbs 12: 15
- Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; – James 1: 19
I will be the first to admit that I don’t have this listening thing perfected. Sometimes I am great at it, and other times I am the guy sucking the life out of a room because I won’t stop talking. Like every other form of brokeness, we need God’s grace to help us overcome. My challenge to you today is just to try. Make a conscious effort to humble yourself and show someone you love them by intently listening and trying to understand them. It doesn’t matter if you agree with that person or not, it’s just important that you actually understand how they are feeling. In the end, they will feel loved and appreciated, and you will have established a platform to speak into their life. Who knows, you may just learn something from them as well.