Most of us do not listen well. We interrupt speakers with our comments, sometimes even talking over them. Why? Because we think we know how to fix their lives, even though ours is in shambles.
It’s tempting to tell our kids what to do, or rant over a friend’s attempted apology, but that irritates both listener and speaker.
The word listen is made up of the same letters as the word silent; yes, letter by letter. Since they are such close cousins, perhaps we should take notice.
Good listeners make a conscious effort to hear. That means remaining silent while the other person is talking. Hopefully, they will return the favour.
Like the other speakers in our life, Jesus wants our full attention when he speaks.
If you have ears, pay attention! (Matthew 11:15, CEV)
Are you listening to me? Really listening? (Matthew 11:15, MSG)
He who has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him consider and perceive and comprehend by hearing. (Matthew 11:15, AMP)
Prayer – Lord, forgive us for blabbering over your words, especially words like these in Matthew 17:5. “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.” Amen