15th February 2020

The First Law of Love…

“Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?”
Psalms 94:9 (NIV)

I’d just like to complete the above “quote for the day” from my daily newspaper—here it is: “The first law of love is to listen!” I suspect that we all fall short of this very special rule—I know I do. I guess that’s why some wise person once said, “We have two ears and only one tongue!”

Unfortunately, we all too often bludgeon our way through our conversations without really listening to the other party. And in doing that we not only waste the time of our friends, but we also short-change ourselves through lack of attention. Sad, isn’t it? I was wondering, in the aftermath of reading this quote and asking myself the question, “Supposing God, who is love personified, didn’t listen to us when we talk to him; where would that leave us?” But; this will never happen, it’s just supposing! And as you know, we are left in no doubt about whether God listens to us or not. His ears are always open to our cries, he is always listening, always attentive and eager to hear from us.

Notice Psalm 18:6, a psalm of David, where he says “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” Our Father is aware of this law of love. He always listens, in fact he delights to have us come to him in prayer!

He not only listens to us himself he also tells us who we should listen to! Perhaps you aren’t familiar with the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Hermon. It is recorded in Mark 9:2-10. In this account Jesus takes Peter, James and John up into the mountain where he goes through a transformation: his clothes shine with dazzling light, not only that, but Moses and Elijah appear and have a conversation with him and of course his three companions are terrified by this sight! Then a cloud enveloped them, and the voice of the Father instructs them with “This is my Son who I love. Listen to him!” Notice the command was not to listen to Moses or Elijah but to his Son, who is Messiah!

Listening is important and we need to train our ears to hear, not only each other but also to be tuned in to our Redeemer and Friend, Jesus! He has the words of eternal life (John 6:68). So, tell me, have you ever cried out to the Father, who always hears; and have you ever listened to his beloved Son who is the one who leads us into eternity? I sincerely hope you have my friend!

Thank you, Father, for holding out the gift of eternity to us, through your Son, Jesus. Help us to listen to him!

Study by Cliff Neill

About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: luton@gracecom.church

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