Some people learn to listen naturally because they have a personality of few words. Some people feel that they have nothing to offer in a conversation and put more emphasis on listening than speaking. After all, God gave us only He has two ears and His one mouth.
Whether you’re naturally quiet or find silence so uncomfortable that you have to fill every space with words, learning to truly listen to others can be a daunting task. But for Christ followers, it is vital to their mission as ambassadors of God and ministers of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 – “Now all these things are of God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, God was in Christ. reconciling the world to Himself, and not considering their sins against them, God promised us the word of reconciliation, that we may be ambassadors of Christ, as if It is as if God is appealing through us.I beg you to be reconciled to God on behalf of Christ.”
The way we listen can draw people toward God or keep them away. Even when we try to tell others about Jesus, we can talk too much in the uncomfortable atmosphere of the announcement of the gospel. Are we focused on downloading information and believing in our beliefs instead of listening to people’s questions? Good listening skills give you speed to win conversions. Helps to relax and reduce anxiety. Instead of talking constantly, trust in Jesus’ promise that the Holy Spirit will give you the right words at the right time, and listen to what others are saying about their hearts and where they are in their spiritual journey. I have to listen.
Good listening tells others that they are of value to us and shows their worth to God. Just as God patiently listens to our prayers out of mercy, we must learn to listen with more than our ears. Be humble, close your mouth often, and when you open it, speak timely words that create life, hope, and peace in the hearts of your listeners.
Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
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