Be Careful Who You Listen To

We receive input from a number of sources these days.  Facebook, email, text, cell, friends, associates, enemies, TV, the list is quite long.  But, not all of this input is good for us.

It becomes quite a challenge to know who to listen to and who to turn off.  Some of it is positive, some negative, and some just noise.  How is one to know what to take in, and what to let go?

Some would say the choice has to do with whether the input you are receiving is positive or negative.  Accept the positive and reject the negative.  This sounds pretty good, except for two things:

  1. Not all negative input you receive is bad
  2. Not all positive input you receive is good

Yes, one can be fooled if we only look at what we want to hear, or what makes us feel good.  There must be a different answer, and there is.

You can gain some insight into the input you should receive if you apply certain tests to it:

  1. What is the motivation behind the input?
  2. Does it line up with the Word of God?

The motivation behind the input you receive tells you if it was something given in love, or otherwise.  What are the motivations behind the input we receive on a daily basis?  Some things are given out of fear, some of jealousy, some of anger, some of bitterness, some out of selfishness, some input is given out of self-importance, some out of depression, and some out of desperation.  But, some is given out of love.

However, don’t be fooled.  Sometimes input given or motivated by love hurts.  It doesn’t always feel good.  It doesn’t always seem positive.  You can’t always judge the value of input based on simply how you feel about it.

Proverbs 9:8 says something along this line – “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”

The next verse adds to this – “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

So input from a trusted source, given out of love, is of great value.  Negative input from other sources, motivated by things other than love, you can simply let go.

When you think you’ve been insulted beyond all others, remember how the Lord was insulted at almost every encounter He had with the scribes and Pharisees.  They said He was mad.  They said He was the devil.  They said He was a sinner.

It becomes clear, if you strive to accomplish something, if you involve yourself in a worthwhile activity, if you commit yourself to a worthy cause – there will be detractors, and antagonists at every turn, giving you input you do not need.   The safest way to avoid these negative jabs is to simply do nothing, but then you would not be doing what God created you to do.

One Response to “Be Careful Who You Listen To”

  1. Says:

    I desire to hear the voice of the Lord and none else. Thank you for such food for thought! Blessings…

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