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LISTEN                                                 By  Phil Guerena   Sr.

The word listen is one of the most powerful and important verbal expressions in any language.  For example, if we fail to hear our wives we might end up divorced or we may find ourselves following a path to personal destruction.  Yet many times it is habitually and stubbornly rejected. Since I began providing seminars on conquering anger, I have had the opportunity to counsel individuals who were struggling with this very issue.   One such couple, whose rage towards one another was actively destroying each other and their marriage, were strongly encouraged to visit me to see if I could help.  I gladly received them, and related to them, that I usually take a whole day to provide such counseling.
 
However, because this was such an emergency situation I agreed to condense the session into half that time. They brought along with them their five year old son who entertained himself by coloring pictures.  We started out by working through Proverbs 29:11. “ A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”(NIV)  I made sure that they understood that solving any issue with wrath is just as foolish as putting out a fire with gasoline.

During our whole time together I emphasized that anger is pure trash.  It trashes your words, thoughts, emotions, life and family.  One week later, the wife called me by telephone.  She said that her husband had been fully under control for a week. Until one day he lashed out insulting words at her like he used to do before the classes.   Their five year old son said: “daddy, anger is pure trash.”  Case solved, it took the listening ears of a five year old to resolve this problem. Can listening be so difficult that old crippling habits are permitted to dominate?  They must change and right now! This is done by confessing this evil and seeking forgiveness. Saying I am sorry and reverting back to the same damaging behavior does not solve anything.  We must humble ourselves before we give rise to these harmful outbreaks.  Mopping floors and washing dishes were a couple of ways I acknowledged to my wife when I was in the wrong. Then I would take her out for a nice dinner.

In the Bible, some of the most important statements are demanding people to listen.  The message of the prophets and apostles is...listen! In some cases it even says listen and repent.  Many times it says - Hear Oh Israel. The Ten Commandments, the best moral guide ever given to mankind, are aimed at listening ears.   Listen to what the Apostle James says about wisdom...“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”(James 3:16-17). 

You can find similar articles on my website greaterbeneitsfounationll.com   See “The Bow Tie” and “I must listen”. A dear friend, before she died, told me: “I am sure that these articles will help some in their life journey.”  We revised the introduction to our foundation in order to reach out to all people.  Greater Benefits for many in their daily battle of life. Please use these articles and pass them onto others so that they may benefit in their daily walk, or be better prepared to help many. Thanks and you might want to look up the article-THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS.  

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