Would your friends and family describe you as a good listener? Though Deepak Reju addresses pastors and challenges them to avoid being a “proverbial fool”, all Christians in all roles can learn from Jesus and the scriptures to patiently and lovingly listen to others.

Just think about Jesus. Think about his conversations. How engaged he seemed. How much he listened to others, and asked questions in response. How skilled he was at drawing others out, and communicating his sympathy for a person. What would Martha, or blind Bartimaeus, or the woman at the well, or the disciples say about Jesus?

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