27 “My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Have you ever thought about how what we hear affects us? So many things these days gain our ear’s attention. From radios blaring music to anything and e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g on our phones. Listening is an activity that we are actively engaged in daily. So, what are you listening to?

According to one article, I found in my studies; sound affects us in four ways:

  1. 1. Physiologically (It affects our bodies)

For example, Our hearing is an immediate warning sense; sudden sounds start the warning process.

  1. 2. Psychologically (It changes our emotions and moods)

For example, the sounds of music, nature, and heavy equipment affect our emotional state, sometimes very intensely.

  1. 3. Cognitively (It affects our thought processes)

For example, when we try to listen to loud music or television while doing homework). 

  1. 4. Behaviorally (Sound causes stress and make us behave differently, positively or negatively).

For example, those gentle, soothing sounds contrasted with loud, piercing ones.

We know these things are true. It makes sense to consider the types of things we give our ears to.

Sometimes hearing God gets complicated with the plethora of other things that fill our ears. These things affect us and often move us away from opportunities to listen to Him.

Listening to the “right” things will affect us in all those ways previously mentioned-But in a much healthier way! How often do we listen to sound, biblical preaching? God-honoring music? Other godly people, and especially the Word of the living God? I expect our answers to these questions will determine how affected we are by His truth.

4 ways sound affects you, Julian Treasure (web)


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