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Learning to Listen from a Bible study by Pastor Nate Loesch

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The art of listening is a gift you can give, no matter who you are. And you can give it to anyone. It doesn't cost a cent. Yet, to a person who needs a listener, it's a gift beyond price. Each of us can start today, wherever we find ourselves, to learn to listen.

The Key Verse

When people meet us, they will and should see the Good News in us by our life and actions. We should be a "winsome and attractive" witness, as radio personality Greg Koukl says.

Additional Verses

Listen carefully; hold on to and be accountable for what you hear.

Listen, and not blab and jabber. Learn, and not interrupt.

If we believe Jesus is our Lord and God, we have to pass on what we believe. We're not going to keep it a secret, yet we're not going to brag about it.

Preaching, teaching and sharing is bringing Good News to others.

A gossip was telling a well-known Hollywood actress all about the marital difficulties of a couple who had moved in next door.

"Everyone is talking," said the informer. "Some are taking her part and some, his."

"And," replied the actress, "I suppose a few eccentric individuals are minding their own business?"

Are You a Good Listener?

Pray... Teach me to listen, Lord,
to those nearest me,
my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that
no matter what words I hear,
the message is,
"Accept the person I am. Listen to me."

Teach me to listen, Lord,
to those far from me--
the whisper of the hopeless,
the plea of the forgotten,
the cry of the anguished.

Teach me to listen, Lord,
to myself.
Help me to be less afraid,
to trust the voice inside--
in the deepest part of me.

Teach me to listen, Lord,
for Your voice--
in busyness and in boredom,
in certainty and in doubt,
in noise and in silence.
Teach me, Lord, to listen. Amen.