Thursday, September 8, 2011

When Do You Answer?

I love the bluntness of The Message.  As I stated earlier, I am reading through the Proverbs using this "version" of the Bible.  Here is an example:
Proverbs 18:13 - Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.
The Holy Spirit made these words pop off the page. 

How many times do I do that to my children?  I assume what they are going to say.  Then instead of "wasting" my time listening to something that I know they are going to say (boy is that loving), I cut them off. 

But yet, how many times do I look back and realize if I would simply have heard them out, I would have seen the matter from their point of view, from their heart.  I would have realized a misunderstanding had occurred.  Maybe a teachable moment was sitting within reach.  Simply through listening...

Once again the God inspired Word hits right where I need it. 

1 comment :

  1. I thought I was the only one. :( I really struggle with this in my personal relationships. I hope that I am growing by grace in this area, but I know that God isn't finished with me yet!


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