“Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me.”John 11:41-42
We have complete confidence knowing that God the Father always hears us. The God Who Hears is pleased when we express ourselves genuinely to Him and others. As we learn to listen to Him, we become more attentive in listening to the people He has put in our lives.
Healthy human relationships allow the people in them to be heard without the threat of passive or aggressive reactions from the listener. Giving others an attentive ear so their thoughts can be expressed validates their worth and establishes security in the relationship. Being heard is not only healing to one’s spirit but also to one’s mind and body.
Christian psychiatrist Dr. Curt Thompson in his book Anatomy of the Soul (2010) explains “actual changes” that foster healing take place in the brain when people feel “truly heard and understood.” Damaging stress chemicals decrease, while the production of life-giving, emotionally stabilizing chemicals increase. Give an ear to others, imitating Christ who listens wholeheartedly and compassionately to you.
“I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” (Psalm 18:6)