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Listening with our hearts

Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. James 1:20-21 MSG

Jesus asked the man at the pool if he wanted to get well. The man made several excuses for his condition. He blamed others for forcing their way past him to get to the pool. He told Jesus no one would help him get down to the pool. The man never told Jesus he wanted to get well, but Jesus listened and went deeper into what the man was saying.

Listening with our hearts is a skill that takes practice to master. We have become accustomed to only listening with our ears. When we go beneath the surface and hear what people are really saying, we are using our hearts to hear. The man by the pool had lived a life of simply trying to survive. Jesus knew the man would never be able to convey to Him what he desired. He listened to what the man was saying underneath his excuses and blaming.

When we listen to others, it’s important for us to hear what’s being said as well as what’s not being said. There are times each of us has difficulty putting into words what we are feeling and experiencing. One of the most healing aspects of recovery is finding out that someone heard and understood us. Being heard and understood means that we no longer need to feel alone. Jesus shows us the need to listen with our hearts as well as our ears. Jesus is teaching us the language of our hearts.

Written by Jackell.

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us to listen to others so that we may hear what’s being said and what’s not being said. Help us to listen with our hearts as Christ listened with His. Amen.

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