MORNING COFFEE 2/3/21 Listen

February 2, 2021

Hello family

I had an interesting conversation with a friend. She likes to have friendly debates and she will start one without you realizing it. As the conversation went  on I realized I was becoming agitated and defensive when she countered my point of view. She could tell I was getting upset and said “Hey this  is only a friendly debate. I am not trying to offend you.”

That is the problem we don’t listen to understand, we listen to respond. I reflected over the conversation and she had some valid points. We are all guilty of this, someone challenges our view point and instead of listening through the ears of the Holy Spirit we get in our flesh and toss out our response in defense. If iron sharpens iron, doesn't that mean we will have moments of friction? You can't sharpen a blade without grinding away the dull edges. Let's aim to be less defensive and more receptive.  “'Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.’ James 1:19-20 NLT

Much Love & God Bless

B. Sawyer

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