"Learn to listen to Me even while you are listening to other people. As they open their souls to your scrutiny, you are on holy ground. You need the help of My Spirit to respond appropriately. Ask Him to think through you, live through you, love through you. My Own being is alive within you in the person of the Holy Spirit."
What an opportunity and a privilege to listen and love others on behalf of Jesus. It is also a great responsibility.
"If you respond to others' needs through your unaided thought processes, you offer them dry crumbs. When the Spirit empowers your listening and speaking, My streams of living water flow through you to other people."
We can not minister to others out of our own strength. All we have to offer on our own is dry crumbs. Only through the Spirit can we truly minister to others. He knows each need and how to best meet it.
"Be a channel of My love, Joy and Peace by listening to Me as you listen to others."
I think that we often think about the Spirit empowering our words, but not so much our listening! Both my listening and my speech must be infused with Holy Spirit power. I want to share words of life that guide others toward the Lord.
I don't want to offer crumbs.
I want to be a vessel used by my God to bless others.
I want to listen.