February 13, 2019
“Love is kind. It will help to build someone up and be your most loving best friend”
I may speak in tongues of men or of angels, But if I am without love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
I may have the gift of prophecy, And know every hidden truth; I may have faith strong enough to move mountains; But if I have no love, I am nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; Never selfish, not quick to take offense.
There is nothing love cannot face; There is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance. Love will never come to an end. According to Saint Paul 1st Corinthians 13
Psalms 119:149 says, “Hear my voice according unto thy loving-kindness.”
When we love others, we listen to them. Sure, it takes time and effort to focus on them and hear what they are saying. But when we do, it shows genuine concern and respect.
J.P. McEvoy once said, “When you talk you are only repeating what you already know — but if you listen you may learn something.”
What a boost to your self-esteem to know that the person you’re talking with is truly interested in your thoughts, opinions, and feelings. The give-and-take of communication is the nourishment that causes every relationships to grow and thrive.
When the author of Psalm 119 pleaded, “Hear my voice according unto thy loving-kindness” (verse 149), he was expressing the truth that the God who loves us also listens to us. Listening is a part of loving.
Listening to your significant other, family and loved ones, friends, or a fellow worker may just what that person needs to be encouraged. Go ahead and listen. God Himself shows that love listens.
Never assume that you know what they’re thinking or feeling. Care enough to pay attention. Hear what being said. Don’t simply nod as you mentally formulate your next response. Few compliments surpass the tribute of your genuine interest. Listen, talk, listen, talk, listen, talk.
Listening may be the most loving thing you do today.