Have you ever been ‘stuck’ with your favourite elderly grandfather and he is telling you a story that you have heard from him 8 or 9 times in the last 12 months? It’s hard to listen with enthusiasm when you can complete his sentences and you know the punch line.
Paul Tillich once said, “The first duty of love is to listen.” We listen just as much with our eyes as our ears because it goes hand in hand with intentionality. We listen because we care for the person that we are with and we value them.
The first duty of love is to listen. – Paul Tillich Sometimes when I am in conversation with someone at a café, I will lean forward or put my hand to my ear so that I can hear clearly what the person is saying above the distracting background sounds, I want to hear every word that they are saying.
God ALWAYS has a listening ear to us even when we have talked to Him about certain people and issues hundreds of times. He is wanting to hear and answer our prayers, because He loves us. Now that has made me think; I need to hear the stories of God’s love to me repeatedly. I love Him, and I should NEVER grow tired of hearing what God is like and what He has done. In our daily life, at church and Life Groups we need to be leaning forward and putting our hand to a listening ear for we need to hear over and over again, “Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and His love!” And when we listen a fresh, we are the better for it!