This, however, is not the way it shall be among you. If one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, he must be your slave – like the Son of man, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life to redeem many people.
Jesus said that we should love our neighbor just as we love ourselves.
It is a good thing to develop a loving attitude toward others – even our
But, Jesus didn’t stop there. He showed us that love is more than an
attitude – it’s an action. Wash the feet of others. Give the thirsty a
drink. Visit the prisoner. Christ Himself was the essence of this love in
action. The Word (love) became flesh (service).
One of the most basic ways of putting love into action is to listen. Are you a
good listener? I struggled with listening – I was always preparing for what I was going to say next. Then I learned that Holy Listening requires surrendering our agenda to the speaker!
I began to realize why I sometimes have trouble in my prayers – to listening to God. It’s because I don’t surrender my “stuff.” I’m thinking about my response. I’m focused on me, rather than on the speaker – God.
We become Holy Listeners when we surrender our agenda to the speaker. The speaker’s message becomes more important to us than our response. When we listen with a holy heart, we have put love into action.
Who do I need to listen to?
It’s the first time I can remember when someone cared how I felt.
What is God saying to me, through this word?
What does the Holy Spirit need to remove from me so that I can hear Christ’s calling?
Prayer Focus: Lift up all who are struggling to hear the soft, gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit in their heart.