James 1:19, 26 NIV 2011
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
James encouraged the faithful to stop and listen to those around them. Listening involved time spent with one another allowing them to speak. David knew this as well. Psalm 141:13, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips.” At times those with a high opinion of themselves won’t actually listen, they’d rather advise. The ability of believers to listen speaks volumes. Listening to others shows godly care by giving people in need the opportunity to share without offering advise. God quietly listens to His people when they speak to Him.
My mother modeled awesome listening skills. Many of her friends would share how easy it was to talk with her. That’s what I strive for on a daily basis. At times when a friend is speaking I just want to tell them how to fix it. In the end, I remember I need to listen while they find the situation for themselves. I remember one of my younger sisters at an early age saying, “You’re not the boss of me.” I learned my lesson. God listens to me quietly when I speak to Him.
How is God teach us to be good listeners?