Becoming a Man of God: Empathetic Listening by Randal Ross

Becoming a Man of God: Empathic Listening
Randal Ross
Matthew 13:9-14
March 1992

(Matthew 13:9-14 KJV) (9) Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (10) And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? (11) He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (12) For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. (13) Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. (14) And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Intro: Of all the things we give to others, to God one of the most important is to really listen to others!

A. Communication is one of the most important and vital skills in anyone's life for it holds the key to relationships, success, and influence.

1. Where there is real communication there is always power and unity.

2. Where there is no communication there is a draining of power, division and loneliness.

(Genesis 11:6-9 KJV) (6) And the Lord said, Behold, the people {is} one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (7) Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. (8) So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. (9) Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

B. The joy of Christianity is that God speaks to us and that He listens to us. There is i ...


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