Be More Ready To Hear

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (


I. Introduction:

A. Do you remember Jephthah (Judges 11:29-40)?

1. Once Jephthah made a vow, he could not break it (Deuteronomy 23:21-23 and Ecclesiastes 5:4-6).

2. There’s no, “I didn’t think before I spoke” clause that removes the consequences of our words (Proverbs 18:21 and Matthew 12:34-37).

B. The Scriptures are full of lessons about the danger of talking too much (Proverbs 10:19, Proverbs 13:3, Ephesians 4:29, and I Peter 3:10-11)?

1. Words are often like traps (Proverbs 6:2 and Proverbs 12:13).

2.Guard your mouth to keep your soul from troubles (Proverbs 21:23).

3. It takes a fool to speak all that comes to mind (Proverbs 29:11).


II. Body: Ecclesiastes 5:1-3

A. We have to be more ready to hear when it’s time to learn (Acts 10:33 and I Peter 2:1-2).

1. Will our faith increase by hearing or by talking (Romans 10:17)?

2. Being attentive listeners allows us to learn (Nehemiah 8:1-8; cf. I Thessalonians 2:13).

B. Rather than being good listeners, many choose to act knowledgeable and talk about things they’re ignorant of (James 3:1; cf. Proverbs 17:27-28).

1. Saying the wrong words subverts [overthrows] the hearers of our words (II Timothy 2:14).

2. You don’t want to pervert the truth, do you (Acts 15:24 and Galatians 1:6-8)?

3. Think about this, do you want to say something that would cause someone to have doubts (Luke 12:29 and Romans 14:23)?

C. We have to be hearers that desire the “whole story” (Proverbs 18:13).

1. Rather than listening, gathering all the facts, then replying; some want to sound off because something said hits them wrong (John 13:36-38).

2. People get defensive during times of correction rather than just accepting good correction (Proverbs 10:17, Proverbs 12:1, Proverbs 15:10, and Hebrews 12:6-11).

3. Too many are willing to accept false reports about others without investigating (Acts 17:5-9; cf. Matthew 18:15-17).

4. We just cannot blindly accept all that we hear (Proverbs 14:15).


III. Conclusion: James 1:17-27



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