Good Listener


      Someone once told me that an important key to having lasting and fulfilling relationships is to be a good listener. I have found this to be very accurate. Sometime folks do not want to know how much you know, but rather how much you care. A person must learn to be a good listener in every relationship.


      Jesus led Peter, James, and John to a mountain. On this mountain these three apostles witnessed things that you and I can only imag­ine. Jesus was transfigured right before their eyes. His face was made to radiate like the sun. Moses and Elijah, two important men of old, appeared before them and were talking to Jesus. As Jesus and the two prophets stood talking a cloud overshadowed them and a voice spoke from the cloud. The message of the voice was simple, but important. The voice said, "...This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" This important event reveals to us the important message from God - hear Jesus, the beloved Son of God.


      It is crucial that people incorporate the principle of becoming a good listener in their spiritual life. We must learn to become a good listener in our spiritual life. We must learn to become good listeners to the Word of God. The words that Christ delivered are important words.


      "...I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10.) "Sanctify them by your truth, Your Word is truth." (John 17:17.) "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." (Matthew 24:35.) "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38.)


            It is important that Christians are good listeners in every relationship. Most importantly it is necessary that Christians are good listeners to the Word of God. May we all heed those words that were spoken so many years ago and just listen to Him.                       


- - - - Josh Webster