Listening and Hearing

Imagine being the kind of person who always thinks (knows) they are right.  How would you then live?

·         Would you need to listen to others? Would you need to try an understand their perspectiveNope.

·         Would you find yourself making snap judgments or treating someone harshly when they thought about things differently than youYup

This week, I had a conversation with a respected friend about something we thought very differently on.  And I found myself moralizing and judging his position instantly, to the point I wasn’t even listening to him.

An hour later, it occurred to me (maybe I should blame the Holy Spirit) the utter lack of respect I had shown him...and the hubris I had been operating from.

The sin of Adam was telling God, “I know better than you”. It’s the sin every human being will in their lifetime replicate.  If we do this to God, how much more will we do it to each other?

We are called to something higher: Eph. 4:2 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Perhaps, we the church can work on this in these days of division and fear. Perhaps we can be better conversation partners. Perhaps we can listen more closely. Perhaps we can value the person speaking more deeply.

Grace & Peace,
Brad Swope

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