Becoming skilled in listening reflective requires a lot of self-discipline. Perhaps this is why it’s not a popular past-time for many. Self-discipline is not something our culture espouses. However, as Christians we need to live counter to our culture. We need to live our lives based on God’s infallible Word. And self-discipline, or self-control, is a fruit of the Spirit. If we are followers of Jesus Christ and if we are led by His Spirit, then the fruit of His Spirit will be evident in our lives.
According to Proverbs 18:21, the tongue has the power of life and death. We must choose whether our words will be life-giving (encouraging and uplifting) or death-bringing (hope-crushing and critical).
Disciplining our minds and our mouths and putting the needs of others before our own are things we must do if we are going to be effective in the kingdom of God.
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
Listening reflectively is a great way to practice self-discipline and share the love of Christ as we relate to others in this journey called LIFE.