July 13, 2010

Good Listener

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 13, 2010

“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

What does it mean to listen well? Think of someone you admire as a good listener. What are some of the traits they exhibit, which mark them as an excellent listener? Perhaps it’s their engaging eye contact, their warm conversation or an empathetic ear. You feel understood and valued. Good listeners affirm what you say, by repeating what you say with an illustration or an example from their own life. They listen to learn, affirm and instruct.

Those who learn good listening skills develop robust relationships. They embrace an “others first” way of thinking that places their own need to be heard down the priority list. Like a rare and exotic flower they open up themselves in a beautiful way that invites you to smell the brilliant colors of their character. Indeed, good listeners are magnetic in the way they attract the good and the bad into their influence. If you are a good listener, be wise by investing in those who really want to change and follow after the Lord.

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” (Proverbs 1:5).

You can be assured that the Lord listens to you and the desires of your heart. He is not preoccupied with problems or people; instead you have His full attention. He is always available to hear your cry for wisdom, healing and direction. The Almighty’s attention is focused on His children that come to Him by faith. His listening ear is near and dear.

“But God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer” (Psalm 66:19).

Furthermore, make it a daily habit to listen well to your heavenly Father’s heart. He sent His son Jesus to teach us the truth about life and death—heaven and hell. We listen to the Lord Jesus because He was God speaking in the flesh. Why was the Almighty so pleased with His son that He admonished us to listen to Him? Jesus modeled listening to His heavenly Father, so God gave Him the words to speak on His behalf. The Lord is pleased with good listeners. He gives discernment and insight into His solutions to human needs.

So, listen well by first listening well to the Lord. He will instruct and teach you in the way you should go. And once you have heard from Him—humbly listen to others—discern their needs and then connect them to Christ and His ways. Indeed, good listeners lead others to love God and listen to His heart. Listen well and watch God work!

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8).

How can I be a good listener for Christ’s sake? What is God telling me to do today?

Related Readings: Job 15:8; Proverbs 4:10; 19:20; Ecclesiastes 7:5; James 1:19

Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional and two devotional books, Infusion and Seeking Daily the Heart of God


Comments

  1. Deb Nevins says:

    I just want to say that I love, look forward to and read your daily devotionals every day.

    Todays struck a cord with me in that it validates that I am doing something right and pleasing to God. I am constantly challengedd with doubts about my faith and God. I read my Bible, I pray and ask for wisdom and revelation and I believe that God is real and the Bible is true. Yet I find myself in doubt…..when I shouldn’t be.

    My church is rather stagnant at this point in time and I am not having my spiritual needs met there, but they are met via your e-devo and another written by Pastor Beth Jones. She is very well spoken and written just like you are.

    Back to my point though, it seems rare that devotionals validate that a person is doing OK in Gods eyes. And though it is much needed, many teach how to be good in God’s eyes and how we should behave, but not many are like todays, pointing directly at something I think I am good at, listening, and having in print that it pleases God.

    Thank you so much for the time and effort you have devoted to sharing the Gospel. God is using you wisely and you are touching many lives.

    May God bless you richly,
    Deb Nevins

  2. Boyd Bailey says:

    Deb you are welcome, we do need affirmation for the gifts God has given us. Your ability to listen and care for others is huge, thanks for using it to glorify Jesus Christ. This is an area I am growing in, and by God’s grace I am better than in the past.

    Good listeners will never lack people to love! Thanks for modeling this well.

    In Christ,

    Boyd

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