Listening is one vital ingredient of effective communication required for a good relationship or union, but it has been taken for granted.

Many people hear their partner or spouse but only a few listen. This was the crux of Pastor Taiwo’s message at the June 25 online Thursday Showers.

“Hearing is not listening. You can hear and not listen,” he said.

Speaking from John 8:47, he said that listening is a major sign to identify children of God because God desires that His children should listen to Him.

According to him, listening to God means discerning His voice, loving and obeying as well as walking the victorious and joyous path.

“To listen to Him is to get to know Him,” he noted.

Pastor Taiwo further used Apostle Peter’s reaction to Jesus’ statement of dying on the cross recorded in Matthew 16:23 to say that lack of listening will always lead to a lack of understanding, thereby leading to lack of decision and actions.

Hearing Right

“When we fail to listen, we hear wrongly, feel wrong, decide wrongly and act wrongly. Listening would make you consider your thoughts and words before you speak,” he said

He also cited James 1:19 to show that the art of listening can be acquired. He, therefore, urged them to ask God to make them a listening person as that would make them a better spouse, and citizen.

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“Allow the Holy Ghost to help you to become a better listener. If you begin to listen to Him, a lot of things would change about your life,” he urged.

The full messages are available on CDs and DVDs at The Fountain of Life Church Digital Media