If anyone thinks himself to be religious, yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." James 1:22-27 NASB
Consider what is taught about how Jesus taught His Disciples. He made sure they understood His teaching. He made sure they were listening.
We listen to all kinds of music and think it's nothing but enjoyable and do not realize it taints our thinking. You don't realize how it changes you. It does or Jesus wouldn't be telling us to be careful about it! Just like in everything He teaches us to be careful listeners.
We listen to politicians, it changes our thinking or sets it in concrete.
We listen to questionable music we either overtly or subtly have our values changed to accept or allow sinful ways and behaviors.
We listen to certain teachers or Preachers and it challenges or changes our thinking by way of our listening.
We listen to Doctors and it changes our way of thinking about our health either for the positive or negative.
Being careful of how we listen is evidently very important to Jesus, shouldn't it be important to you?
I have a very select set of music to listen to. Atypically it's added to after some Sunday's at Church due to its words. I added 2 from yesterday's service.
Garbage in garbage out. What we permit our ears to hear impacts our hearts. We listen to enough songs, or in some people, a song about inappropriate relationships and it WILL change your thoughts on it to some extent.
You listen to songs that are about patriotism and it is intended to impact your thoughts on patriotism.
We either bolster our faith or compromise it by what we listen to.
Solomon was the wisest man to live. Yet when he began listening to others more than he did of God's Word, it spelled his downfall. He violated Scripture by taking more than one wife. He took concubines in addition to his wives. He turned his heart from wholly serving God to giving attention to the idols of his wives.
We need to take great care in what we listen to. Jesus taught this and we should heed it.
We will either grow or stagnate in our walk with Jesus depending on what goes in our ears and into our hearts.
Playlists are everywhere. What's on yours?
Churches teach...what does yours? Is it teaching Biblical principles or legalism?
Are you listening to songs, news, instructional videos that are actually causing you to drift from your relationship with Jesus?
"Oh its not that bad!" If Jesus took the time to make sure it was taught...it's THAT bad. We are all susceptible to its impact.
I know people who have indeed listened wrongly to others and it's, to borrow Paul's phrase, shipwrecked their faith. They are accepting of sin in others rather than having the Biblical stand they used to have.
Beware of false teachers and false prophets is the Biblical warning.
Beware because they will teach what people think they want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 NASB "For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn aside to myths." This is done by hearing.
You need to look at just who you have listened to. It will be an eye opener for many. It was for me years ago which is why my song list has changed to songs that direct my mind towards the things of God. I have stopped listening to the news because it can stir up my mind in ungodly ways.
The battlefield is in your mind. The attacks are meant to reshape your thoughts. Be careful listeners.