“My dearest brothers and sisters, take this to heart: Be quick to listen, but slow to speak. And be slow to become angry.” James 1:19 TPT
Today, Holy Spirit taught me something:
By immediately going into giving advice to folks who share issues they are encountering, I assume the prideful assumption that they never considered what the best option may be for themselves. I also present myself as being smarter and more superior than them.
This means, when someone comes to me with a problem, before I go off on a spiel to tell them what I think, and what they should do (or not do), my posture should be to listen and when appropriate, ask questions.
- Do you need my input?
- Have you thought about such and such?
- Are you sharing because you need advice?
- How can I help?
These are just a few questions that encourage the party to think, and certainly remind me never to assume I know it all, for the truth is, I certainly don’t 😉
PS: The above is part 1 of a series of brief thoughts that will be shared each Thursday until…