February 21st – Listen Up

On earth, profit is gain, but in the Kingdom – righteousness by the blood of the Lamb, and obedience to the ways of God are true pleasure and eternal gain. Listen carefully to the heart of your God, and to the hearts of those (of His) around you. Anger and impatience are not the ways of the (Holy) Spirit that dwells within you. The mouth overflows from the heart. Their speech (those around you in the workplace) is their heart’s speech. Your speech (is from your heart) as well. Those in the workplace carry loads far greater than that of their workload. Listen carefully, search their eyes and see the child that I see. Be slow to speak, listening first carefully by My Spirit. Be gentle in response, for in gentleness and calm spirit, reflecting My love for them, in this is the greater profit.

James 1:19 (ESV) –
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Bottom Line: The workplace can bring out the worst in us sometimes. Impatience, not truly listening, and speaking too quickly can diminish our influence and hurt others as well. A listening ear and a gentle word are much more profitable. Listen . . . for their heart.

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