One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. ~Bryant H. McGill
Why did the music teacher look inside her piano?
She had lost her keys!
We all forget where we put things at times, but do you ever forget why you came into a room? You stride into the kitchen and then stop in front of the counter. “Now what was I looking for?”
Paul found himself in the middle of a very hot kitchen, and he was the one being hunted.
He had been traveling through Ephesus, teaching about Jesus, when the local businessmen started counting their money. Demetrius, a silversmith who created shrines for the local god Artemis, was especially concerned. He called all of the craftsmen together.
“Listen, guys. This isn’t going to go well. Paul is leading our customers astray.” And soon the whole town was rioting- shouting, cheering, crowding into the town hall with hostages in tow.
The city was in total confusion and most didn’t know why they were even there. Jews, Greeks, Christian disciples all pushed against each other, yelling one thing and then another. Chanting their war cries and not listening to a word the others had to say, because they already knew what they wanted to believe.
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Or does it?
You hear someone from another church talking about final decisions being made by women and start spreading gossip that they’re not following the Word. Did you know the discussion was about what color to paint the walls in the sanctuary?
Your brother-in-law condemns the group down the street because they’re inviting homosexuals into their organization. But is he aware that they are studying the bible with them? That men and women alike are making pledges of sexual purity?
Your neighbor volunteers at a pregnancy clinic once a week. You watch her walk to her car and mutter about the disregard for life that some people have. Perhaps if you stopped to talk to her about it, you’d find out she counsels women from all backgrounds and encourages those who choose to save life.
Not listening doesn’t always turn into a riot. But it always leads to confusion and bad information.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:19-21 NIV