We never know the deeper impact we have in speaking with others.
What we may perceive to be common conversation can cause another person's heart to reverberate with love, hope and faith.
We are not keen to the hidden ways a timely word can move someone, so long as we speak in and through love.
Today I was once again reminded how, to what may seem to us a passive conversation, God's good purpose is forwarded through us.
There is always something to learn, or something to be reminded of, when we take the time to listen to another human being.
It is when our patience is tested, when we may desire to dismiss someone's ramblings as others would do, that we realize a greater definition of kindness as explained by the experience of listening beyond the point of our typical patience.
Wouldn't we want someone to listen intently to us?
Don't we see our detailed expressions of even the most mundane meanderings of life important, at least to ourselves?
A listening ear can do wonders to the person who has something to say.
And when the agenda in listening is not to forward your religion, but love, people's hearts can respond.
When your aim is to treat the other person as you would like to be treated, all hearts can be edified.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Yeshua Christ.
- 2 Peter 1: 3-8