Listen

Learning to listen

well

is important

 

To be heard is precious

and affirming

to the sharing soul

 

And those who hear

with their hearts

and with wisdom

 

glorify God

and build people up

 

Listening to ourselves speak

may bring satisfaction

 

but may not bring about

the righteousness of God

 

when done out of selfishness

and talking just to talk

 

Hearing should be more paramount

than being heard

 

And there should be no one

we listen to more

than God

 

Hearing Him more than we talk

 

Humility listens much

 

– Susie Stewart

 

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

– James 1:19 (NLT)

 

Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];

– James 1:19 (AMP)

 

Listen, open your ears, harness your desire to speak, and don’t get worked up into a rage so easily, my brothers and sisters.

– James 1:19 (VOICE)

 

A [closed-minded] fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his personal opinions [unwittingly displaying his self-indulgence and his stupidity].

– Provers 18:2 (AMPT)

 

Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.

– David Augsberger

 

The ear is the road to the heart.

– Voltaire

 

The first duty of love is to listen.

– Paul Tillich

 

He was interesting because he was interested.

– Gore Vidal

 

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

– Stephen Covey

 

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

– James 1:22 (NIV)

 

Photo by Susie Stewart

 

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