“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
It’s Sunday today, a day when most of us go to church. How are you gonna hear?
Jesus says in Luke 8:18, “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”
Take heed; every believer has to improve in their listening skills.
There are five aspects associated with listening; Ignoring, Pretending, Selective, Active and Empathetic. Which one is yours?
The problem with many believers is that they hear, but instead choose to ignore what is being said to us.
Jesus said, “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” Luke 8:11-12
Some believers pretend to be listening, making acknowledging noises and gestures, but they carry on with what they’re are doing.
“And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.” Luke 8:14
Some believers pick up on points they want to hear.
“They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.” Luke 8:13
Some believers give 100% attention
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15
Some believers show empathetic response.
Jesus said, “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have” (Luke 8:18). Give emphasis!
Now, the only aspect of listening that you should be concerned with are active and empathetic listening.
Active listening is giving the Lord 100% attention. Also, actively listening to others as they speak. When you do, listen empathetically.
Empathetic listening is listening without judgement, even when opposing views, to own beliefs or feelings are being voiced. Empathetic listening is understanding how others feel, and are feeling while they express their own views. To be successful in life we need to be effective communicators. Empathy, Trust, Understanding and Sympathy are the marks of great communicators.
You must listen to comprehend; with your ears, your eyes and your heart. Remember faith comes by hearing, “For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38. So where is your faith? It’s in your listening skills; For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
By listening well you: acknowledge God; you acknowledge others too, increasing their self respect, self-esteem and confidence. Let others know they’re important and are not being judged – gain their cooperation- establish trust and elicit openness. That’s perfect religion.