The difference between passively listening to God’s word and hearing it with an open heart is the same difference between:
1. A filthy life and a clean spirit.
2 Cor. 7:1-2, 10
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
2. Broken relationships and edifying fellowship.
“Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.”
3. Regret and repentance.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
LESSON - Your willingness to listen to God and your openness to repentance will define your character. Humility will bring us to the Cross while pride will always lead to destruction regardless of how much scripture we know.