Most of all, we listen because Jesus modeled this for us and implored us to do the same. Without “buts,” excuses, or a litany of arguments, we just listen. We enter into conversation. We offer a biblical response, if necessary. And we move forward in and with change, bringing our full selves—not a minimized version—to the table.
Cara Meredith is a writer and speaker from Seattle, Washington. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and co-host of Shalom in the City's monthly book club podcast. She holds a Master’s of Theology (Fuller Seminary), and can be found on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.