Ever been involved in a conversation, maybe one about politics, religion, best kind of music, or whatever, maybe a debate of sorts, which can sometimes lead to more heated exchanges or outright arguments, and right at the moment one of those involved realizes they are wrong? Maybe a little mistaken, maybe very wrong, maybe starting to see the other’s perspective they suddenly stop the conversation. So certain the were right, so dead set that they WILL BE RIGHT, than rather than admit they were wrong or listen just a little longer to what the other is saying they just cut them off; during face to face conversations just stop talking, maybe walk away, possibly put up their hand just like the guy in the picture; if on phone, they just hang up; on a text, quit responding and sometimes so insistent on not being wrong (because they are at a point that they realize they may be wrong) they even block you from contacting them. Amazing that people do that. I have had people do that to me. Sadly for me, I have done the same thing. Refusing to listen to someone that may have something I should hear. But, no, I wanna be stubborn, dig in my heels and stand my ground, even if it’s the wrong ground.
What is it about people that we feel that it is more important to not be wrong than to admit we were wrong and then take the better information and learn from it? I don’t have the answer. Like I said, I have had it done, and done this type of thing. I really don’t know why I have done so. Now, depending on the location, some discussions are not appropriate, so perhaps a face to face encounter at a public location that becomes heated should be stopped and depending on the issue, discussed further in the future. Maybe, both will realize that neither was 100% right, but also neither was 100% wrong and the truth lay somewhere in the middle. Regardless of right, wrong, in between, when one involved refuses to discuss, unless they only get to lecture the other but won’t permit responses, or when they finally allow a response and a valid point is made, suddenly, nothing. They disappear, either emotionally/mentally or if online conversation, they disappear or block the other. It seems that some only want a “conversation” if they get to talk and the other listen, but won’t listen themselves.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understanvd; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, [even] God.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? [even] because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Sometimes, people don’t want to hear the truth, just what they perceive as truth or want to be the truth and will refuse to listen to any discussion that may refute what the believe they know and will aggressively argue their point.
16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
I wish I could say I had never been the one to refuse to listen, but, I have been, but that was long ago, I was, with rare exceptions, willing to consider other possibilities besides what information I had at the time. What little obstinate attitude I had has been taken from me, God is GOOD.
Lord, I pray You continue to work in me, help me hear and understand, see and comprehend. Give me the ability and willingness to listen to You. I pray You continue to work in my heart to make me the servant for Christ I should be. I ask You to work in the hearts of loved ones that they be able to see and hear as they should and that you draw them closer to You as You show them Your plans for their lives and give them the guidance they need. I praise You Jesus and thank You for the blessings.
Thanks for tolerating my ramblings. I hope they speak to someone and provides them some help in this life as they work towards being proper servants of Christ.