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Devotional #4 – Listening
Trail Life Troop
NC-613
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Outdoor Skills
Elective 10: Communications/Signaling

Devotional #4 – Listening

Opening

  • Today we learned some fun Communications skills.
  • Now, let’s see what the bible says about being a good communicator…
  • Read, or someone read Teaching verse. FYI: The memory verse is further down

James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.

Devotional

Big picture Listen before you speak.

  • The Bible says, being a good communicator is all about being a good listener!
  • That’s right! By listening you are communicating with others WITHOUT SAYING A WORD!
  • You are communicating LOVE to others by listening. Others are more important than being heard or being right! (Love your neighbor as yourself.)
  • Q: Can you think of a time when you talked over someone else without listening first? We all do it. But that doesn’t make it right, or Godly.
  • Next, the Bible says to be a good communicator we need slow down and think before we speak. Not to speak slowly. Not to say nothing, but to wait & think before you talk.
  • Q: Does anyone know why you might want to wait before you say something?
    • It gives you time to cool down if you are angry. To think God’s thoughts, not angry thoughts.
    • Gives you time to think more clearly. Wiser answers may float to surface.
    • Gives time for the Holy Spirit to speak to you what to say.
    • Shows respect to others especially your elders to let them speak first.
    • Builds your self-control “muscle” (Self-control = Fruit of the Spirit)
  • Lastly, the Bible says a good communicator doesn’t let anger make you say something hurtful.
  • Q: Has anyone ever said some angry words? Did anger help? Do you regret saying them?
  • Getting angry happens, but you need to have self-discipline to not hurt others with your words.
  • Angry words are like bombs! They hurt people. More than we may know.
  • Best to not say anything and give it to God, rather than exploding on people with anger.
  • Remember! Good communicators: Listen before they speak.
    • Fruit of the Spirit --> love, patience, kindness

Memory Verse #1:

Ask if anybody knows it yet and can say it? Read it together 2X Consider having a memory verse pamphlet for kids take home.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Topical Questions

  1. Who do you know who is good listener?
  2. Can you give an example of something you've said without thinking?
  3. Why is it so easy to say something hurtful when you are angry? Does it help the situation?
  4. Did you know that Jesus said being angry at people is often a sin?

Closing Prayer

Encourage them to listen before they speak. To be patient, and not hurt others with their words. Remind them of the fruit of the spirit.

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