Illustration About Listening and Emotions
Years ago a radio talk show host was reacting to President G.H.W. Bush’s refusal to eat broccoli. A caller criticized the President for being a bad example. The host said that he didn’t like broccoli and didn’t see why he should have to eat it, either.
After the angry caller hung up, the host said, “Do you realize that everyone who ate Broccoli in the 18th Century died?”
A flood of angry callers lined up to yell at the host and defend the healthy qualities of broccoli. This is what happens when we don’t listen and allow our emotions to take over our reason.
Of course, everyone who ate anything in the 18th century died! It was an excellent social experiment to show how irrational we can become.
Quite often we allow this kind of ridiculous behavior to destroy our relationships. When we are talking to people we love, we must never forget who they are and , if we must, remove ourselves from the situation to settle down so that we do not say something that cannot be remedied.
True love means that we always focus on the other person, instead of ourselves (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a). Otherwise, we get wrapped up in our emotions and can burn up everything around us.
“Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (James 3:5-6).
We must never lose ourselves to anger or we might lose our souls, in the process.