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We Hear What We Want To Hear

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Buddha said “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill”  Confucius states “I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand”  In Mark 4:9 “Then Jesus (Yeshua) said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”   After Jesus gave a story about what you sow is what you reap, His disciples asked him, what did you say?  What was your meaning behind the words that we heard?

Often, our own experiences, emotions, situations and attitudes interprets what we hear so that we only hear what we want to hear and ignore that which does not fit our own agenda, feelings or beliefs.  But the truth is still the truth and will remain the truth no matter how you wish to receive it.

Listening involves getting our own attitudes and emotions into the right frame of mind to hear what the other person is truly saying. If your mindset is negative and hopelessness all you will get is negativity and hurt. That is why it is so important to stay in a positive frame of mind, so that when you listen, you can be objective. Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

David tells Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

The truth is clear, it is our interpretation that creates the confusion, trying to listen without accepting our own limitations, immaturity or lack of compassion.   We close off our minds and tune out conversations that do not give us what we think we want.   To grow in grace and mercy will often require us to change our thoughts, actions and desires to imitate Christ Jesus.   Listening leads to understanding, action and doing leads to change.
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