A Dozen Ways to Listen

Most people do not listen with the intent to    OS02027understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
Stephen R. Covey

How should we listen?  How do we like to be listened to?

  1. Esteem (respect) the other and react (live) in peace with them – I Thessalonians 5:13

  2. Listen without interrupting and consider your response before verbalizing it James 1:19

  3. Pray for them while they speak – Colossians 1:9 2038

  4. Don’t argue (with the one speaking or with God as He speaks to you)       Acts 9:15

  5. Tell the truth with love and grace – Ephesians 4:15

  6. Thank God no matter what you hear before you answer – I Thessalonians 5:18

  7. Curb reacting so that no unwholesome words 7034come from you – Ephesians 4:29

  8. Listen for whatever is pure or right or good – Philippians 4:8

  9. Look for the ‘speck’ in your own eye – Matthew 7:3

  10. If you must admonish, do so with patience – I Thessalonians 5:14

  11. Pay attention and keep silent – Job 33:31

  12. Hear with a tender and forgiving heart – Ephesians 4:32 Mombling


Are you listening?


2 Comments on “A Dozen Ways to Listen

    • Preaching to the choir, really 🙂 -My nature wants to speak back whatever it is spoken to – but if it is hurtful to what benefit is that. It’s harder in the short run for me to say nothing when hurt, but when I give it to the Lord to deal with, I can anticipate appropriate response (love anyway or if correction or discipline, the Lord does better than I ever could)


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