Poor Listening

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Daily Reading: 2 Kings 23:31-25:30, Acts 22:17-23:10, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 18:13

Daily Verse: “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” Prov. 18:13

Poor listening.

Marriage helped me become a better listener. Ron has taught me that I don’t know people’s thoughts, and to learn them, I must listen. For so many years, I didn’t listen well, thinking I knew what the person would say, cutting them off and interjecting my thoughts, total self-absorption.

“Poor listening reveals that the person has a low regard for what the other is saying or is too absorbed in self-importance.” Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Mike and Lynda Cooke taught me listening skills, marriage mentors to us. Using a napkin, whoever holds it gets to talk, and the other person must listen to every word without interrupting. 

Listening well takes work. Repeat back to the person what they just said to make sure you understand them before responding. Practice listening and not assuming you know. People will surprise you with their words, and you will become a better listener.

Respect people by listening to them and understanding their point of view before trying to convey yours.

Lord, forgive us for not listening to others well and assuming we know their thoughts. Help us become better listeners as we practice listening and develop the skill. IJNIP. Amen

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