It can be difficult to tell the difference between something really important, and someone just trying to get us to listen to them
In the Bible, there seems to be good precedent for taking the time to explain the truth, and to listen to others carefully.
What if our common ground upon which we can find peace with others is found in our weakness, not in our strengths?
Do you really know why other people hold mistaken beliefs? Are you sure?
Sharing the great news about Jesus is good, but doesn't need to be a haphazard activity.
If we want to accomplish great things with others, we may not be able to get there by remaining at a surface level in our relationships.
Just like us, what other people believe is more about the difference it makes in their lives, and not just a label.
Just because we know something to be true, doesn't mean that we should necessarily blurt it out, especially without first mixing in a bit of grace.
Unlike the less-forgiving games of the past, a veteran gamer can often breeze through the tutorial on a modern game. Real life, though, is not so forgiving of just skimming over the instructions.
While the right thing is always the right thing, sometimes we need to listen a little to be sure we're following the right plan.
There are a lot of glitches, distractions, and excuses that can cause us to stop listening. What lies in store for us, though, if we power through and keep listening?
Sometimes one more word will ruin the moment, and we need to practice appropriately-timed silence, along with an extra share of listening.
Tucked away in the book of Acts is a testimony to some people who heard the good news about Jesus, and neither dismissed it out of hand, nor accepted what they were told without question.