Ask More, Tell Less

James 1 19

Ask more, tell less. This was some profound advice I was given by a great friend, Pastor Cyril.

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath,” – James 1:19 (also see: Prov. 10:19, 17:27, 29:20 and others)

Let us open our ears & our hearts more than our mouths! How can we learn anything about anyone if we are always talking? The biggest part of my job is just listening, remaining quiet, and letting the other person just speak. Simple, but so difficult, isn’t it? What better way is there to show that you care?

Here’s your homework for the weekend: Zip it.

Ask more, tell less.

Take Heed How You Hear

not listening

A little phrase Jesus used that I have skipped over many times without too much thought (as I’m sure you have too) was brought to Brittany’s attention this morning and she shared it with me:

“Therefore take heed how you hear.” – Luke 8:18a

Am I paying attention to how I hear? Am I even listening? Or is it the old “in one ear & out the other?”

When we are listening to a sermon or a devotion, are we dialed in or tuned out? Jesus said to look at HOW you hear.

A common obstacle is the presentation, right? If the presentation is boring, its hard to focus. Presenters are definitely on the hook to make the Gospel engaging but, the hearers are supposed to be… hearing.

Let me also give you this scenario: If you are in a plane and someone is presenting how to put on a parachute in the event of a crash: no matter how boring his or her presentation is- YOU’D BE TAKING HEED HOW YOU HEAR!

How much more important is hearing, understanding, & absorbing the Gospel of Grace?

Let’s hear on purpose. Take heed how you hear!

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