Listening to their heart

If we listen to a person long enough, we will begin to hear of what’s in their heart. We certainly will not begin to know of all that’s in their heart, but enough that will help us understand where their heart is.
As you listen to them speak and unload their heart, ask The Holy Spirit to give you the words to say to them, but only after you listened for a good while.

Listening is one of the most valuable things you can do when ministering to another person. However, listening takes discipline. We all want to spout off with our mouth as soon as we meet someone. I say, listen more and talk less, and your ministry will become more fruitful for God’s Kingdom.

It’s not easy. It takes lots of practice holding back the reins of our mouth. Sometimes it is like pulling back on a horses reins when he wants to go to the hay. It’s tough.

Learning to speak only when the Holy Spirit says too, Wow! Now that would be powerful! Less talk and more power?

…”for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt.12:34)
“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart,” (Matt.15:18)
Amen

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6 Responses to “Listening to their heart”

  1. brotherjohnny Says:

    Amen, brother.

    I have been very slllllooooowwwww at learning how to be ‘slow to speak”!!

    Peace!

  2. rjperalta Says:

    brotherjohnny,
    It is something we all need to be aware of. I have seen over and over the benefit of “listening” in ministry and how powerful it can be.
    Thanks for stopping by,
    Richard

  3. Brittian Bullock Says:

    Wonderful…simply wonderful…
    It sort of reminds me of Ros Rinker’s book, “Prayer: Conversation with God” where she says that a good conversation involves, “each person using their memory to recall, his patience to wait, his alertness to jump in, his willingness to get out, and above all-his capacity to hold back the disruptive”
    Not only is true conversation a lost art among people today, but distinctly in our relationship with the Lord, as it involves not only speaking but also listening…perhaps above all listening to the One who has so much to say in and through us!

    your brother
    Brittian Bullock
    http://www.sensualjesus.wordpress.com

  4. rjperalta Says:

    Brittian,
    I’m glad you were blessed.
    Amen, “true conversation is a lost art among people today”.

    May you be truly blessed as you listen,
    Richard

  5. David Copeland Says:

    Great word!

    Especially for people like me:)

  6. rjperalta Says:

    David,
    Glad you were blessed!
    Thanks for stopping by,
    May the grace of God be with you,
    Richard

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