Wherefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
It is very important that we learn how to listen hard, and listen well. The above scripture tells us to be quick to hear and slow to speak. The best gift we can give anyone is a listening ear. When we listen to people, we are saying to them, "You are important to me. I want to learn more about what you think and feel." Listening shows we care.
If we would resolve to become better listeners, we would quickly discover six important truths:
1. Listening Can Be Difficult. Listening is an art that requires a certain set of skills. Remember: Hearing what someone says is not the same as listening.
2.Listening Requires Concentration. When we listen, we not only pick up on what's being said, but also on what's not being said.
3. Listening Almost Always Produces Questions. Being fully engaged in what is being said will cause you to ask questions that will encourage a person to open up, or ask follow-up questions for better understanding.
4.Listening Takes Practice.
5. Listening Is A Great Way To Learn. When we open our ears and mind to people, we get to share their knowledge and experiences.
6. Listening Is A Great Way To Reduce Conflict. Usually at the heart of every conflict is someone who wants to be heard. If we would oblige them by listening, we may be able to head off conflict before it arises.
Let's start today, making sure we are taking the time to truly listen to what is being said to us, instead of assuming we already know by cutting people off in mid-sentence. BE BLESSED!!!!!!