James 1:19 says” Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
Remember when you was in kindergarten the first thing your teacher taught you was to listen. Why was that the first thing they taught? They didn’t want you to miss out on anything. For the teacher knew that listening is a very good attribute to have. But as we have gotten older in life we have come away from what we learned about listening.
Nowadays we are so quick to give an answer that we can’t listen anymore. When a person listens their mind is not wondering what come back answer they are going to have. We have some how lost the skill of listening to one another and this is what gets us into trouble. Everybody just want to get their words out so afraid that they won’t get a chance to speak that we miss vital information.
Here in this scripture we see James telling the people to be quick to listen and slow to speak, why does he say these things, for James know that if we don’t listen we will miss things that are truth, and when we speak to quickly we end up sinning because we have no control over our mouths. In Proverbs 10:19 it says” When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. Sounds like us doesn’t it? Do you see the truth here? When we don’t listen sin is not far behind it.
Even something as simple as following instructions for us can be hard because we think in our minds I already know how to do it, so you go ahead and do it and come find out it is not what the person instructed you to do. For example; let’s say someone asked you to write down one word that describes your personality? Pretty simple, but you know what most of us will do instead of writing one word we will write more words. And we think we did good right? But know you did wrong, because you did not listen they asked you to write one word not more then.
I challenge you to re-learn how to listen for we really have forgotten how to listen. If we are really listening we could stop allot of misunderstandings. This is why many ask “how do I know when God is speaking to me?‘ They ask because they don’t know how to listen, one must listen to follow Christ.