Listening & Responding
I’ve said many times: No relationship can survive in the absence of good communication.
Start with your relationship with God. It is essential to listen to Him, and then respond to Him. If you neglect either, the relationship suffers and could end.
In your relationship with your spouse, listening and responding is the groundwork of a thriving marriage. The same is true of your relationship with children, neighbors, co-workers and strangers you meet. Good listening and responding is the substance of relationships.
Here’s a problem we have about all this: We want to talk more than listen. When we think of communication, we think of expressing ourselves; we want to talk more than we want to listen. Disciples of Christ must apply the discipline of the Word of God to change that, to learn to listen. First, listen to God. By listening to Him, we are able to develop ourselves into good listeners and then good responders.
Or as James said, “…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath,” (Jas. 1:19). – WEB