The Best Listener

I do so appreciate a good listener, don’t you?

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A good listener hears without interrupting.

A good listener focuses on the speaker’s words, not the listener’s next words.

A good listener considers his own words carefully before replying, particularly during a conflict.

I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. – Psalm 116:1-2

The Psalmist points out that he loves the Lord for being a wonderful listener – the best Listener! In fact, he appreciates that characteristic of God so much that he plans to make conversing with God a lifetime practice.

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The Psalmist pictures the Lord leaning down to us, so that we may whisper into his ear, as a father would to his little children. And as a good Father, he is always available to listen, and he will always hear us, whether we can articulate our prayers or not.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26

Unlike the best earthly listener, God already knows what we will tell him. He will not be shocked or angered by anything we say to him. Should we confess our most despicable sins to him, he will never love us any less.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. – John 3:17

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – I John 1:8-9


What attributes do you think make a good listener? What do you appreciate about God as the ultimate Listener?

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13 thoughts on “The Best Listener”

  1. Amen! I think that many people wish they had someone to just REALLY listen. I know it blesses me immensely when I am actually listened to, and it’s one of my favorite things about having a relationship with God – He is ALWAYS listening. So healing! ❤️

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    1. Yes, those friends are few and far between. My mom is actually a great listener and really knows how to draw people out. I thought of her as I write the post. And yes, what a comfort to know God is actually yearning to hear our prayers!

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  2. So many thoughts, which is what your writings always generate! I do think that when we don’t work really hard at listening, we are always trying to gently deliver a response, while not hearing along the conversation. Active listening, and deep engagement. Thank you for the reminder!

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  3. When I helped teach a Lay Servant Class this year, we talked about true listening and presence. I loved the quote that true listening means “suspending your own agenda.” So true since we often think of what we want to say next when someone is talking.

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  4. I’ve come to realize that listening without interruption is an important way to show that the person speaking has value, in part for his/her comments, but most importantly, as a creation of Almighty God. We honor and respect the human dignity of the speaker by listening well. An important topic very nicely done– Mike

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