Very practical and helpful post!
Intentional listening is crucial within every sphere of our lives! Often times simply taking the time to earnestly listen to others is the most effective way to let Christ’s love shine through us. Witnessing our faith to others needs to always be a two-way street, otherwise all that we would be doing is bombarding people with our beliefs. I believe that we can always improve upon our listening skills, especially while living in the Digital Age like you mentioned.
May God be glorified and Christ exalted as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us to cultivate the skill of listening to others with intentionality!
This is the third post in the series on Chip Removal for Christians. Read the previous post here
Communication is a lost art.
In spite of the vast amount of books, classes and seminars on the subject, we are probably worse listeners now than we were 50 years ago. We are instantly connected these days through social media, email, and texting and yet much is lost in the cacophony of wires, pixels and tones. (Those wires and pixels are often distracting us from fellow humans as well!)
What do you think is one of the major causes of conflict in our relationships? I suggest that it is often poor listening and foolish talking.
How often do you find yourself in one of these scenarios:
- While someone is talking, your mind is rapidly piecing together a response to what they are saying (instead of really digesting what they are saying).
- Your friend is going through a difficult time…
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