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October 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Listening is both an art and a skill. And like other skills, it takes practice to refine and make listening one of our communication strengths. Over the years, I have come to realize that when we listen to other people, oftentimes we are paying them a compliment. If we deepen our listening skills, we’ll become better communicators.
Proverbs 1:5 says that if we truly listen to others with empathy, we’ll become wise men and women who listen and add to our learning.
Most people find it easier to talk than to listen. Since listening is more difficult than speaking, it must be consciously practiced. I encourage you to develop this skill and make sure you’re hearing what the other person is saying when they speak. When your spouse is done talking, before you share your point of view, provide the necessary feedback. Qualify what you’ve heard.
Here are some thoughts that will assist you in your process of being a solid listener:
• Remember, everybody hears but only some of us listen.
• There are many ways to learn, but listening is the best way.
• Proverbs 1:5 (NIV) says, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning . . .”
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