Listening don’t always require a reply.

Posted: October 29, 2021 in Listening
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Under Gods Command

Scripture is not always the answer to give to someone who is going through something.  Sometimes your ear is better than a scripture from the Bible.  Allow them to speak their true feelings without convicting them or giving your opinion. 

When someone shares issues with you, don’t be so quick to shoot them a scripture or send them a sermon note, thinking that is the answer, and walk away. There are times when we know what we should do, but the emotional pain and love for that person brings out our true feelings that need expressing.   Sometimes your ear is the answer for them to speak to without you giving your opinion on what they are saying.  Remember, there is way more to their story when someone tells you a little part of their issue.  Don’t be so quick to always give your opinion based on a five-minute conversation or a text message when there is a mountain of pain they are carrying.  Texting is cool, but sometimes people need to hear from you. 

Even Jesus Christ expressed his true feelings out loud to God, knowing the right thing to do. 

Luke 22:42-44 41: 41He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42Father if you are willing take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthen him.  

Don’t you think Jesus already knew that he had to continue with the mission given?  In all this, he still expresses his true feelings to God, knowing what he must do, and by this, God strengthens Jesus to continue with his mission. 

Commentary: Was Jesus trying to get out of his mission? It is never wrong to express our true feelings to God.  Jesus exposed his dread of the coming trials, but he also reaffirmed his commitment to do what God wanted.  The cup he spoke meant the temple agony he knew he would endure-not only the horror of the crucifixion but, even worse, the total separation from God that he would have to experience in order to die for the world’s sins.    

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