I was recently a part of a think tank at work. We were in a room and had to solve a problem that the business is facing. After we redefined what the real problem was, it was time to find the solution. Our group let people speak and when there were good ideas, we write them down. After we decided on a solution we came up with what that would look like. The room beside us didn’t get anywhere on their problem because two guys wouldn’t listen to any ideas but their own. People offered compromises, but neither budged. The rest of their group suffered because of their inability to listen to what the other was saying.
As Christians, we can’t let pride stand in our way. It blinds us from correction God sends and becomes a roadblock in our walk with God. Listening to God is important, and so is listening to the people He puts into our lives that speak His words to us. It may not always be what we want to hear, but if we are wise, we’ll put our pride away to listen. All of my life, God has used people to speak to me. Life would have been much harder if I hadn’t learned to listen a long time ago. Consider who God has put in your life to speak to you. Have you been listening or pushing them away?
Here are some Bible verses on listening.
1. Listen to what is wise and try to understand it.
Proverbs 2:2 GNT
2. If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
Proverbs 15:31 NLT
3. Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry.
James 1:19 GNT
4. For those who listen with open hearts will receive more revelation. But those who don’t listen with open hearts will lose what little they think they have!
Mark 4:25 TPT
5. “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield (listen) to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
James 3:17 NLT