Direction

You obeyed!
You listened to those you love and learned more in listening for a day
than you have for many years.
You told them you loved them.
Is not this the message I give you every day?
Many things could have made you stumble and give up.
Yet, you persevered.
Do not berate yourself for not having answers
or even asking good questions.
Your assignment was to listen which you did.
Rest now in Me.
I will show you My path one step at a time.

 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34 (NLT)

 Prior to giving the disciples this commandment on love, Jesus had washed all the dirty, dusty feet of all his disciples (yes, He even washed the feet of Judas). And, of course, we all know He loved us enough to die for our sins on Calvary.

One act of love which sounds quite simple but can be difficult is to listen to another person talk. In my many years of marriage counseling, I found most couples do not really listen to each other. It is the first task which must be learned.

With parents and children, the kindest task is to give each child at least fifteen minutes of undivided attention. Often with grown-up children, we also need to listen to hear what they want and need to say without becoming defensive. We often want to give advice or explain our decisions and points of view.

However, this one day, acting on the advice of the Holy Spirit, I simply listened and am  glad I did. Our children, no matter how old, need to know we love and care for them.

 

 

 

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About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called listeningtohear.wordpress.com
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