President Roosevelt was tired of the events and parties where people pretended to listen respectfully. One night he decided to try an experiment, to see if people really listened. As each person came up to shake his hand, he smiled and said, “I murdered my grandmother today.” The common response was, “How nice, please keep up the good work.” Only one foreign diplomat was listening, he responded, “I’m sure she had it coming to her.”
The Holy Spirit tells us the same thing …Hebrews 10:15, GW
Listening is an acquired skill and art. Listening means to concentrate, focus, watch, pay attention and understand or comprehend. Listening well means learning to observe the facial and body language being spoken. Listening is being alert, being tuned in.
Listening attentively to the Holy Spirit will bring encouragement and strength to you and others. “The church became stronger, as the Holy Spirit encouraged it and helped it grow.” Acts 9:31, CEV
This week I’d like to share a few things about the ministry of the Holy Spirit with you. But first why not take time to spend some time reading John 14-16 and give thanks for the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. And then listen!
Peace and Joy!