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Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 15, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021 SHOW LOVE BY LISTENING

It is hard to convince someone we truly love them if we never listen to them. We hear many spouses complain their other halves never listen. We hear parents say their children never listen. We hear children say their parents never listen. We hear bosses, coworkers, employees say no one listens. So the question is “does anyone ever truly listen?” Some research shows that over 50% of people feel unloved and it could be all because they feel as if no one cares or listens to them. It’s sad but it’s true.

If we feel like we are one of those who feel no one is listening, there is hope. While we can’t force others to listen to us, we can be sure that God is listening. He shows us love by listening and helping us when we are going through tough times. We can show God we love Him by listening and obeying Him. We can show others we care and we love them by listening to them as well…yes, even if they don’t seem to ever be listening to us. After all, we are to treat others like we want to be treated, right?

SCRIPTURE:
Deuteronomy 11:22 “Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you do to truly listen to others.
2. List ways you can show them you love them by listening.
3. Know God wants you to show your love to Him by listening and obeying Him.
4. Remember God is always ready to listen to you.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we want to show love to others by listening to them. We know we can’t fully love someone if we aren’t even paying attention to them. Help us to show You love as well by listening and obeying You. We can all improve in our listening skills. Show us where we need to improve so we become more aware of how well we listen to You and to others. We want to change and become better listeners, Lord. Help us, we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (NLT)

Hebrews 13:1-2 “Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” (NLT)

FOCUS:
Philippians 2:4 “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (NLT)
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