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Day 1 – Learn to Listen
Do you find it difficult to control your tongue? Do you feel guilt and regret over words that you have spoken to others or even to yourself? I certainly do! I designed this simple cactus craft and Bible study to remind myself of the beauty and life that can come from my mouth, as well as the prickly words that produce pain and even death. In the book of James, we read that it is impossible for any human to tame the tongue. What can be done? Jesus Christ must first change our hearts so that His love and truth pour out of every conversation.
It might seem obvious, but this first step is the most often overlooked part of a conversation about words. Listening (not just hearing) is an act of humility. It acknowledges that someone else has something to say that is worthy of our full attention. It is a way of admitting that another has knowledge or information that we don’t possess. It is understanding that we need to be fully engaged in order to understand what is being communicated. Of course, what God has to say is of utmost importance. Jesus Christ reminded His disciples in John 15 that apart from abiding in Him, they could do nothing (and neither can we).
STUDY IT OUT
- According to Luke 6:46-49 and James 1:22-26, what proves that we are listening to what God has told us through His Word?
- To whom does God compare someone who is quick to give their opinion before listening fully according to Proverbs 29:20?
- Why is it necessary to humbly and patiently listen to someone else in order to better understand what they are thinking or experiencing? (Proverbs 20:25)
Do you find yourself thinking ahead to your response or interrupting while someone else is talking? This is evidence that you also may need to consider how well you are listening to God through His Word?