“Oh, that I had someone to hear me,” was Job’s cry long ago. When a person has a heavy heart, he appreciates a listener. Listening is an effective way of helping others. It says, “I want to understand and know you.”
Listening is a way of loving others. We can win more friends with our ears than with our mouths. What does active listening accomplish? It comforts the broken-hearted and builds relationships and gives encouragement to others. Listening is also meaningful because it is a way of learning facts.
God wants us to listen to Him. He has so much to teach us and tell us in His Word. But sometimes we become spiritually hard-of-hearing. Take a moment of stillness today and give Him a listening ear. You will then be better able to listen to the hurting people around you.
Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” – Matthew 13:9