By Linda Tancs

Are you a good listener? Hearing is one thing; listening is another. To listen is to hear with intention, to resolve to act on what is being said. Jesus constantly implored his audience to hear—and understand (see, e.g., Luke 8:21; Luke 11:28; Mark 7:14). Proverbs 2:2 reminds us to make our ears attentive to wisdom. The next time you’re tempted to “tune someone out,” remember that when you listen you practice the art of understanding the needs of another. Galatians 6:10 says to be mindful to be a blessing. You’ll always know what someone wants or needs if you’ll just listen.

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