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What Are You Listening To?

by J. M. Farro on March 7th, 2011

My husband, Joe, and I were spending the day cleaning house recently, when he put on some music we used to enjoy when we first met many years ago. When I heard it, I froze in my tracks. The lyrics were offensive to me, and I yelled at my husband, and demanded that he turn it off immediately. He was stunned. “You don’t like it?” he asked, incredulous. “I hate it, and I don’t ever want to hear it again!”

As I resumed my cleaning, the realization that I had loved that music in years past sickened me. How could I have listened to—and actually enjoyed—such dark, depressing, and degrading music? How it must have grieved the Lord’s heart when I devoted my attention to it the way I did. I began to hear the apostle Paul’s words in my head, saying, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 NASB) Paul knew that what we listen to goes into our spirits and becomes part of us, often forever.

The simple truth is that we can’t “dwell on” the things of God, or the good things in life, if we are feeding and programming our hearts and minds with worldly thoughts and ideas. Filling ourselves wrongly will steal our peace and joy, and it will make it hard for us to hear God’s voice, and to receive from Him.

You and I have a high calling from God on our lives, and we can’t afford to compromise our walk with Him in the name of “entertainment”. Ask yourself today, “How serious am I about receiving God’s best?”

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  1. Mary permalink

    I love your emails I receive, and they usually (surprisingly enough!) fit whatever I happen to be going through! Thanks so much, and God Bless You! I happened to get on your blog, and the story about your husband putting on old music while cleaning the house, and you being stunned and offended hits the nail on the head for me. How is it that you have been a devotional writer and prayer counselor since 1998, and he is surprised you wouldn’t like old music that was offensive to a Christian? Why is it that men don’t get it? My husband is the same way in that respect. The more I listen to Christian music, the more he runs out and buys old “garbage”, and he acts shocked that I don’t want to listen to it. Any comment?

  2. J.M. Farro permalink

    Mary, I can’t speak for other husbands, but I believe my husband Joe’s problem is that he hasn’t had his mind renewed by the Word of God. If he did, he would recognize offensive music for what it is–an insult to God. The best thing you and I can do is to keep seeking and serving God with all our hearts, so that our prayers will have great power, and we can pray for the Lord to change our husbands’ hearts. The change may be slow, but if we persist in prayer, we will eventually see some radical changes in our spouses. Thank you for letting me know that you’ve been blessed by my devotionals, Mary. God bless you!

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