Did you listen?
"Remember brothers and sisters, this is God speaking. This is His Holy Word. Be quick to hear. Slow to speak. Slow to anger. This is no command to take lightly..."
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. – James 1:19
God created us with two ears and one mouth. This is His divine design and no doubt there is a purpose for it. Interestingly, God has to tell us to be quick to hear, because we are not. He has to tell us to be slow to speak, because we are not. He has to tell us to be slow to anger, because we are not.
Remember brothers and sisters, this is God speaking. This is His Holy Word. Be quick to hear. Slow to speak. Slow to anger. This is no command to take lightly or to allow in one ear and out the other. We must learn to listen to others; to truly hear them. The practice of listening to and hearing another person is an act of respect.
One thing you can get settled in your soul is that you’ll never hear anything while you’re talking. Some people pretend to listen, but they’re just waiting for their chance to respond. Christian, if that is you, you have to stop. Learn to listen. In fact, the bible also tells us that there is a time to speak and a time to keep silent. Until you learn when it is time to keep silent, you probably haven’t learned yet when it is time to speak. Sometimes we need to just be quite and listen. You don’t always have to have the last word. Let your pride die. You will find that when you do listen, you’re not nearly as quick to get angry. There are always at least two sides to every story. Be quick to listen, to truly hear those who care enough to speak to you. You might learn something.