2 Timothy 4:2
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
Do you want to share more? Do you want to be heard more? Then focus on the phrase, “With great patience”. How often do I ignore this important tidbit? How often do I wrongly wield the Word of God too quickly with little or no understanding? What does “Great Patience” look like? Or, more importantly, sound like? I think great patience looks and sounds like a LOT of listening.
I find that most people are genuinely interested and inquisitive about spiritual matters. After all, we are spiritual creatures. Our innate sense of mortality and relationship to the spiritual realm compels us to ask questions and to find out more. I also find that ALL people desire someone to be genuinely interested in THEM! The number one way to demonstrate interest and give validation to another person is by listening more and saying less. This approach allows us to then be intentional with what we do say. We can then speak to what they have shared from their heart. By gaining trust and providing respect thru active listening, we then are often afforded more privileges to speak. Active listening allows you to hear with the heart and speak with compassion.
Before we ‘preach the Word’, let us be slow to speak and quick to hear with GREAT PATIENCE.