Having troubles in your relationships? Pick up the art of listening. Listening can be done by anyone of any faith However, I truly believe that the Christian has a far greater advantage in this area than any other person of any other faith because the Christian knows the truth!
Listen: the Lost Art of Hearing and Understanding
Try listening to your children too!! If they "want" something and you have needs or you know they are putting them self in a dangerous situation stand your ground and find ways to make a safe win-win situation and try to allow them to determine the solution (this will allow them to grow).
Listen to your spouse. This is your priority.
Yes there are times when you have values and logical understandings about life, but in general, when it comes to listening don't impose those "solutions" on the speaker and the relationship will blossom.
Perhaps the relationship with your sister is lingering in the dust...........Just think what would happen in churches if people learned how to LISTEN better!!!!
Find books on how to listen and start practicing that skill today! Yes it takes a lot of work to get it just right but it is a powerful tool indeed. Basically it entails repeating back what the speaker said (perhaps in your own words or in the same) and also pulling out the speaker's feelings for a therapeutic benefit.
Mat 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Mat 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant (listener).
Mat 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.