Listening is a vital part of communication. However, it is equally important to consider what we choose to listen to and believe. If we listen to lies, our words will be full of deceit. While we need to humbly and respectfully listen to others as they speak to us, it is also imperative that we filter all that is said through the sieve of Scripture to test the accuracy of the statements given, then respond with loving truth.
Study it Out
- According to John 8:31-47, who are we representing when we choose to believe and tell lies? From where does all deceit come?
- Who is the source of all truth according to Zechariah 8:16, Psalm 119:160; and John 17:17? How can we know the truth?
- According to Ephesians 4:25, what is another reason for speaking the truth (and speaking it out of a loving heart) to one to another?
- According to 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, why is it vitally important that we speak truth to ourselves first?
Are there any lies that you have been listening to and believing? How have these lies affected your communication with others? How can you replace those lies with truth?
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