Art of Listening


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Many human conflict derived from hearing sound but not listening carefully

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  • Today our lesson is based on the book of Proverb 18:13. “He who answers before listening--that is his folly and his shame.” Solomon today teaches us about the Art of Listening. It is most important that we learn to listen carefully before taking any action. It is just like listening to instruction before commencing to do your exam paper in school. Failing which you may be disqualified to take the exam.
  • A wise person is not hasty in his action. He would listen first and then weighs the pro and corn of it before taking any decision. He wants to understand the situation before taking action. Why God give two ears and one mouth? It shows that God wants us to listen carefully with our ears. Listen first then judge.
  • Get all your facts right first before you attempt to solve the problem or do the job. You must sort and set priority first taking action. Short-cut is not is dangerous.
  • Do not see the outward of a person. We are always doing this. Jew & Roman always accused first and talk later.
  • Art of Listening

    1. 1. Art of LISTENING Proverbs 18:13 Timmy TNG Speak Slowly Speak Accurately Listen Clearly Listen Carefully QuICK TO LISTEN SLOW TO SPEAK
    2. 2. Wisdom listens carefully, and answers slowly <ul><li>A hasty response = foolish and shameful. </li></ul><ul><li>Hear accurately - answering rightly - better than answering quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Two ears to hear, One mouth to speak </li></ul><ul><li>Be swift to hear, and slow to speak. </li></ul><ul><li>Know every situation fully before making judging or answering. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Are you a good listener? <ul><li>Wisdom listens well, get the facts right. </li></ul><ul><li>Sort and filters all information. </li></ul><ul><li>Foolish is the man who speaks before thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you are not one! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Are you a slow speaker? <ul><li>Wisdom is careful, guarded, and reserved in giving of opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>It knows that haste makes waste, especially in thinking and speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze consider all angles is very important before speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>It knows that wise men study to answer, but fools do not ( 15:28). </li></ul>Pro 15:28 The heart of a righteous person carefully considers how to answer, but the mouths of wicked people pour out a flood of evil things.
    5. 5. Right Judgment <ul><li>Righteous judgment not by appearance, but by substance (John 7:24) </li></ul><ul><li>Foolish men is quick to judge without facts, and guessing. </li></ul><ul><li>Jew and Romans systems of law are as quick and severe in passing judgment before the man is allow to speak for himself. (John 7:51; Acts 25:16; 26:1) </li></ul>Joh 7:24 Stop judging by outward appearance! Instead, judge correctly.&quot; Joh 7:51 &quot;Do Moses' Teachings enable us to judge a person without first hearing that person's side of the story? We can't judge a person without finding out what that person has done.&quot;
    6. 6. Conversation of Fools <ul><li>A fool talks almost immediately or constantly. </li></ul><ul><li>You can easily identify them by listening to their conversation. </li></ul><ul><li>Answering before thinking or understanding is a fool. </li></ul><ul><li>They say it plainly (Ec 5:3; 10:3) Make sure you are not like them. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Talk Less. Think More
    8. 8. The characteristics of a wise man? <ul><li>Ready to accept criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Ready to admit correction </li></ul><ul><li>His plans are just </li></ul><ul><li>Built his house on rock, strong foundation </li></ul><ul><li>He cares for the needs of his animals! </li></ul><ul><li>Knows how to escape from trouble </li></ul><ul><li>Ready to listen to advice </li></ul><ul><li>He overlooks the insult </li></ul>
    9. 9. The characteristics of a wise man? <ul><li>His testimonies are true – Trustworthy </li></ul><ul><li>His speech brings healing </li></ul><ul><li>Joy in his heart </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps his knowledge to himself, ?? uses wisely! </li></ul><ul><li>Diligent </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplined </li></ul><ul><li>He is cautious in his friendship </li></ul><ul><li>His ways lead to life and immortality </li></ul>
    10. 10. Ask yourself following questions, and think of any situations in which you acted in certain ways. <ul><li>How do I react to criticism? (Positive or negative) </li></ul><ul><li>Do I admit mistakes and accept corrections? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I plan my daily activities? (Keep it to last moment!) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the basis or motivation of my actions? (Why do I do what I do?) </li></ul><ul><li>How do I react to insult? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I trustworthy to others? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I make friends? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I a good administrator of my time? (Diligence and Discipline) </li></ul>