This Weekly Devotional connects to the current Adult Sunday School series. Although it is related to the Sunday School curriculum, it is also designed to be meaningful to everyone.


May 25, 2023

James 1:19 NIV “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…..”

Proverbs 20:5 NIV “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.”

When we are trying to understand why someone is behaving in a certain way, it can be helpful to remember that their motives may not be immediately obvious. We need to be patient and ask questions in order to get a better understanding of what is going on. Taking the time to understand the motives and intentions of others, we can build stronger relationships and make better decisions. We can also avoid making assumptions and judgments that could lead to conflict. Try to draw out the purposes of a person’s heart.

Pay attention. Give the speaker your full attention, without distractions. Turn off your phone, make eye contact, and avoid fidgeting.
Listen without interrupting. Let the speaker finish their thought before you respond.
Ask questions. This shows that you’re interested in what the speaker is saying and that you’re trying to understand them.
Offer support. Let the speaker know that you’re there for them and that you care about what they’re going through.
Be patient. It takes time to become a good listener. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it right away. Just keep practicing.

Listening to someone troubled while also listening to the Holy Spirit can help you help them and share the gospel.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for listening to me. I thank you for the guidance you have given me to love others and your command to share the gospel. I come to you today asking for help as I interact with others. I need to learn how to listen. I also ask for the confidence to boldly and appropriately share the gospel. And, help me each day to reflect your love.