PAY ATTENTION TO UNDERSTAND NOT TO RESPOND
How often do I focus on my response long before it’s my turn to respond? Do I allow my emotional reactions to overpower my ability to receive further input?
If you’re able to honestly answer “never” and “no” to those thought provoking questions, please share your tactics, in the comments.
Some of us have been given the ability to either see or hear while most of us have both. Of those of us able to use these organs, most of us we gifted with the use of two, to process the input received. Furthermore, no one, has been given more than a single tongue, to communicate clearly. Therefore, it’s reasonable to discern, that we were created to take in information, at least twice as much as we are to deliver it. “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” James 1:19-20.
We’re commanded this, not to keep us quiet, but that we would understand the power of our tongue. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.” PROVERBS 18:21. Of all the tension in this world, most people ARE good. We’re just not doing the best job communicating our intent, to those we perceive to have differing opinions. Not only so, when the communication does take place, are we actually listening to hear? “Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice. A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.” Proverbs 20:18-19. It’s simple, today, we listen to here and not to respond.
Happy Monday my friends!