LISTEN WELL AND YOU WILL HEAR BETTER

It’s sad but true. Most people don’t listen well. Did you know you learn more by listening than by talking? After all, you only know what you already know.  When you’re doing all the talking you don’t learn much.

Furthermore, some people talk a lot but say so little. Some talk a little and say a lot. Yet a rare few hardly talk at all and say volumes.

The old Chinese proverb is still true today: “Your life speaks so loud I can hardly hear what you’re saying.“

“Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 29:20)

LISTEN TO THE WISDOM OF YOUR ELDERS

Wise elders live on higher stories of a big building and can see much more. Most young people are still on the ground floor.  Elders almost know what you’re going to say before you finish a conversation. They’ve heard it before. You’re telling them things they already know, so it’s kind of a waste of time and words for you. They’ve been there. They’ve done that. Don’t try to teach them. That’s foolish. If you have to talk keep it short.

Someone asked a wise old man why he didn’t talk much. “Less repenting to do”, he said. Think about that one. We sin more with our words more than anything else.

When I was younger and starting out in ministry during a fast the Lord said something to me I’d never heard before.

“Instead of fasting food, why don’t you fast your thoughts and your words?”

When I thought about how much Scripture has to say concerning our thoughts and our words, that became a real revelation to me. The application of it took me deeper in the Spirit.

LOVE LISTENS, PRIDE KEEPS TALKING

Have you ever noticed that people who talk a lot in conversation are the ones that hardly listen, too? When you’re talking to them you can tell they’re loading up their bullets and thinking of what to say next instead of really listening.

We miss so much because we don’t listen to people. Good listeners study human nature in order to respond wisely and help them. They read between the lines and hear more than the casual listener does. They listen carefully to the wise and they gain wisdom. They are unselfish. The love of God is unselfish.

Prayerful people don’t talk much. Their silence is like deep waters. Christians expose their lack of depth and spirituality all the time by talking too much. They are noisy like shallow waters. Mature Christians love and enjoy silence and they say much without talking. Immaturity either talks from nervous excitement and feel awkward if no one is saying anything, or they just love to hear themselves talk (some elderly are like this). Remember, talking should never be for your benefit. Jesus never said any words for His benefit but for the glory of the Father.

Don’t be a fool and ramble on. Be wise and listen. You will hear better and learn more.

“A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.”(Proverbs 29:11)

“Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” (Proverbs 17:28)

HAGIN STORY

I remember a friend of mine who was a member of Dad Hagin’s ministry staff telling us how one time some students were having dinner around the table with Dad Hagin.  Suddenly in response to a question someone asked, he began talking about deep spiritual things and some secrets of the Spirit. Dad was a man of few words and didn’t do that very often, so this was a treat. Well, in the midst of sharing this wisdom, one student interrupted and started talking and Dad Hagin never said another word. Due to the dishonor that student showed, Dad Hagin shut down. The others were upset with the student because they missed out on the rest of the wisdom Dad was sharing.

I see that a lot today with young people. Most of them don’t know how to really listen.  Some older people do it, too. Old age doesn’t always equate to wisdom. I know some older Christians who don’t say much when they talk, and they ramble. Talking too much is usually a manifestation of pride, or can even be just a bunch of pent up hurts and frustration and the need to let that out. It’s a need for attention. That’s okay when you’re a spiritual baby and immature, but some have been babies for decades. It’s high time to grow up.

KNOWLEDGE PUFFS UP, LOVE EDIFIES

The pride of knowledge rules our nation.  Knowledge without love is even the death knell of many of our churches. Knowledge puffs up.  Love edifies (1 Cor. 8:1).

Yes, people perish without knowledge, but at the same time, knowledge without love turns the Church into a noisy gong and tinkling cymbal.

As it has been said, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Don’t covet the gifts without love because it’ll make a peacock out of you. The gifts with love is the more excellent way. Better said is that love with the gifts is the glory of the Church.

It’s time for the true glory to be restored in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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