So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
James 1:19-20 NKJV
My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. James 1:19-20 CEV
Listen (webster): to hear; to attend.
1. To hearken; to give ear; to attend closely with a view to hear
2. To obey; to yield to advice; to follow admonition
A primary verb; to hear (in various senses):
– give (in the) audience (of), come (to the ears), (shall) hear (-er, -ken), be noised, be reported, understand.
Listening is hearing with attention.
I have to admit, I am not always listening with attention. We live in a busy world. Everyone is busy with something. We are always busy. As a mom, I am guilty of not listening to my son enough. Even though at 2 years old, he is speaking gibberish most of the time, and I don’t understand a single thing he is saying. Reflecting on this made me feel convicted that he deserved my full attention. It is important for me to give him my full attention so he won’t stop telling me his thoughts and sharing his stories. I want him to know that mommy will always take time to listen to him.
Secondly, is to be willing to listen to the advice of those who love me, trusting that they have my best interest in mind.
Above all, is to listen to the gentle voice of my Heavenly Father.