Faith seeking understanding

The deadly danger of talking, not listening

March 1 2017Our words are a reflection of our hearts. “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). And our inability to be quiet and listen is also an overflow of the heart. It is the proud of heart that never listens to the wisdom of others. They know it all so there is no need to be quiet and learn from others. Rather, as we’ve already noted, the wise person in Proverbs fears the Lord (1:7). They have a humble regard for themselves before the maker of heaven and earth. So the first step to becoming a good listener is a daily reminder of your status which awakens a right and appropriate fear of the Lord, and with it humility.

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