listening with the ears of god


are we listeners? do we listen with the ears of god or are we always talking when we should be listening? does our lack of listening to others and our love of hearing ourselves talk ultimately lead to “prattle in the presence of god” too?

“Listening can be a greater service than speaking. Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking when they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too…We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.” – (Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, p. 98. empahsis mine)

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~ by david on May 29, 2010.

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