Are You Listening? Should you be?

Below are some things to consider this weekend.

If you are listening to a teacher or preacher — are this things characteristic of their life and witness?  If you are a preacher or teacher — do this things characterize your life?


Who Should You Listen To?  (Nine Things To Examine When Others Offer “Advice!”)

Leaders can’t listen to everyone…it’s impossible with all of the avenues of social media and such.

But, we’ve GOT to listen to others because Scripture clearly commands us to!  Timothy listened to Paul.  David listened to Nathan…everyone who has ever accomplished anything significant didn’t do it through their own brilliance, they had people in their lives who could speak truth.  So…who do you listen to?

My advice!!!  WISE people!!

“Well, who are the wise people,” you ask?  GREAT QUESTION!!!  Because there are a lot of people out there (especially in internet world) who believe they are wise.

But, let me give you a list of nine things that I really believe a person should have if you are going to listen to them…their “wisdom” should be…

#1 – Pure (no ulterior motives, you know that they love Jesus & want what is best for God’s Kingdom!)

#2 – Peace Loving (if they are always looking for a fight or trying to pick one…avoid them, see Titus 3:10)

#3 – Considerate (always listen to the person whose first reaction is to give you the benefit of the doubt rather than accusing you – see I Corinthians 13:4-7)

#4 – Submissive (is their wisdom offered b/c they want you to be more submissive to the Lord or to their opinion?)

#5 – Full of Mercy (and NOT accusation and condemnation!  AND…please understand that there is a HUGE difference between correction, which we all need, and condemnation!  Correction is always offered in love…condemnation is offered out of the other persons desire to just hear you say, “you are right” and/or a desire to attack)

#6 – Good Fruit (what is the REASON you should listen to them, in other words, what is the fruit in their lives and in their ministry?)

#7 – Impartial (once again, they are NOT trying to get you to submit to their agenda but rather the Lord’s!)

#8 – Sincere (they are talking to you because they seriously love Jesus, love you and really do want the best for your life!)

#9 – They Are A Peacemaker (not a fight starter, II Timothy 2:23-26…also see I John 2:9-11, if they always hate, always attack and always tear down, ignore them!)

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