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Biblical Concepts About Listening

Ruby writes from the Philippines. Besides writing, she enjoys gardening and Bible study. She leads a Bible Study Group that meets weekly.


What is listening?

In the communication process, listening is the capacity to properly hear and comprehend communications. To communicate effectively, you must first listen. Messages are readily misconstrued if one lacks the skill to listen effectively. As a result, there is a breakdown in communication, and the message sender may get upset or dissatisfied. Listening is the one communication skill you should work to learn.

But the Bible has a different perspective when it comes to listening. Let us discover some of these views in this article.

Listening is necessary in order to become more wise.

"Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance" (Proverbs 1:5, NLT).

Solomon produced a significant amount of the wisdom literature, but some have questioned why he didn't take his own advice to heart. A good query. He advises that in order to prevent self-deception, we need listen in order to broaden our knowledge and develop application strategies for that knowledge, which he calls wisdom. The finest advice you will ever receive is that. Listen. Perhaps God intended for us to listen twice as much as we talk by giving us two ears and one mouth.

Listening and understanding is a must for those who have ears.

"Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand" (Matthew 11:15, NLT)!

As we discover from this verse, listening is never an option. What is Jesus' message? Jesus isn't talking about those who are deaf or hard of hearing. He informs the gathering about John the Baptist as noted in Matt 11:7. John the Baptist was the final Old Testament prophet, and Jesus told them, "If you are prepared to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come" (Matt 11:13-14). He then told the gathering, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

All must be more quick to listen than to speak and to get angry.

"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry" (James 1:19, NLT).

I am aware that sometimes we misinterpret this text and talk before we listen. then as a result of that, we are quick to become angry. Without all the information, we might be mistaken when we hastily assume things about someone. According to the Bible, love believes everything (1st Cor 13:6), thus we should unquestionably give them the benefit of the doubt. Being slow to say and fast to hear will help you avoid falling into the trap Solomon warns against: "If one delivers an answer before he hears, it is his foolishness and humiliation" (Prov 18:13).

To someone who is willing to listen, even criticism will be taken as a golden earing or precious jewelry.

"To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry" (Proverbs 25:12, NLT).

This priceless metal, gold, is quite similar to someone who corrects or reprimands anybody who is listening and is seen to have helped their buddy. And it is, but guidance and correction only benefit those who are receptive. "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an adversary," the proverb states (Prov 27:6). Don't you prefer to be right than wrong? Telling your friends the truth, even if it offends them, is the greatest act of love and friendship you can perform. However, your buddy should equally view it this way when his friend corrects him.


Anyone who does not listen, does not belong to God.

"Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God” (Matthew 11:47, NLT).

This is a rather very striking and direct-to-the-point statement. This is something that not everyone of us would like to hear.

The Jewish authorities didn't have a hearing impairment. Their issue sprang from the heart. They listened, but since they didn't want to hear, they didn't truly hear. They followed their own habit of just hearing what they wanted to hear. Jesus had the power to speak, thus they were guaranteed to be against hearing whatever He had to say. Because they handed Jesus up to Pilate out of jealousy, they realized in their hearts that He was from God (John 3:2). (Matt 27:18). They had no evidence against him, so they had to introduce fake witnesses in a pretend trial in order to condemn him. According to Jesus, the fact that they were not of God is what caused them to be deaf.

Final Thoughts

Applying these Biblical principles will help improve one's communication. Whether it is at home, in church, or at work. these basic concepts will help organizations have better understanding and communication. It will save leaders from many problems and issues that waste their time and even money.

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