Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given–and you will receive even more. Mark 4:24 (NLT)
I have seen that the more familiar with the Bible we become the more vulnerable we are to becoming tone-deaf.
We KNOW the Bible, but are we HEARING its tone?
How are we hearing?
Are we hearing God as an angry God who wants to punish us or are we hearing that God is a loving Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He gave His Son for us to set us free from our sins?
I love what James says…
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17 (KJV)
This scripture shows us that we can be sure that whatever is pure, peaceable, gentle and merciful is from the heart of our Father.
So when we’re reading the Bible, hearing a sermon or even reading a book, we need to ask ourselves, “Does this sound like Who the Bible say’s Jesus is?”
Jesus is so loving and peaceful and full of mercy.
He doesn’t say we have to try harder or do more or He will be angry. He says, “I love you, and the work that I completed on the cross is finished.” (John 19:30)
Let’s remind ourselves to “hear” today what Christ has shown us through His Word in James 3:17
Let’s pay attention to the tone we’re hearing today.
How do we hear?