July 19 2016 – the power of listening.

Proverbs 18:13 says:

13 He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him. 

We’re encouraged here to be good listeners. Listening is a skill, art and discipline learnt over a life time. Listening is very powerful. When someone knows they are truly being listened to, that in itself can go such a long way even if the person listening has no clue how to respond to what they are saying.

Listening communicates deeply. It says I care about you, what you have to say is important to me, you are important to me. It says, what you have to say and your opinion is more important to me than what I have to say and my opinion. That does so much for a person.

Listening communicates value, respect, dignity, concern. Till we genuinely listen to people they will not be convinced that we care about them and wont be ready to listen to us or take advice from us. People will not listen till they have been heard

Somebody said:

” If You Want People to Listen, stop Talking. It’s counterintuitive but it turns out listening is far more persuasive than speaking.” 

There’s a lot of truth to that.

No wonder this Proverb warns us that if we answer a matter before we hear it is folly, shame to us.

Be a good listener, don’t let the simple fact of not listening bring folly and shame to your life.

Listening, don’t underestimate its power.

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