Cut to the Heart or Covering Ears?

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean
Worship Service: 10:00 am

Bulletin:July 7
Newsletter: June 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Psalm 18; Acts 6.8 – 8.4


Joel Russell-MacLean

Listening and asking questions when you know someone is wrong is not easy. It is easy to assert your opinions. It is also easy to nod politely and walk away from the conversation. But loving another person – who is wrong! – loving them enough to ask more questions and listen, that is tough.

Strangely enough, when we are able to listen and ask good questions, sometimes that does more to move another person’s position than all our facts, or logic, or pleading.

Alternately, refusing to listen can lead groups and mobs down a dangerous path.

Refusing to listen can lead to violence and death.

If that isn’t bad enough, the truth is, not only does refusing to listen escalate situations, sometimes we are closing our ears to the Holy Spirit at work in a person we didn’t expect, in a way we didn’t expect, in a place we didn’t expect. 

If instead we look and listen, we may see Jesus.

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