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A good communicator listens intently to others, for how can they respond correctly if they don’t accurately hear and understand? (Rom 10:14). By listening to the viewpoints

 Do I really listen to others?

and advice of others, and learning from correction given we can become wise, so “He who has ears, let Him hear” (Mt 13:9,43). Yet don’t believe everything you hear; consider the source and the importance or implication of the information given (Prov 1:5, 4:1, 18:15, 23:12, 25:12).

We would do well to follow the advice of being “quick to listen, but slow to speak” because it is our tongues that get us into so much trouble (Jas 1:19). As God gave us two ears yet only one mouth – maybe we should listen lots more than we speak! Good listeners also hear more than just the words said  the tone and pace will tell you more about the speaker and their needs. Listen with empathy.

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (Ps 34:15,16; 1 Pet 3:12).

See also: communication, hearing God’s voice, listening, obedience, response.

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