Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. -James 1:19
While taking time to dwell in Gods word this morning the focus really hit close to heart. We live in a society where we do not take time to actually listen to others and are so quick to anger. We feel that most frustrations from others are an attack on ourselves when in reality their frustration is built up from a lack of communication… We are slow to listen and quick to anger.
We have two ears and one tongue. So we should listen more than we speak.
Wow! Those words to me are so powerful. Why is it that nobody is listening to others but speaking so much? How can we hear if we do not listen? We need to go to God and ask him to help us listen to others. What are they trying to say? What are their needs and how can we be encouraging to them? When we take the time to listen we will be better able to communicate and frustrations can make way for better understanding creating more calm and less anger.
When dealing with our partners and child we sometimes tend to listen with one ear closed and probably speak more than we should would cause chaos in the home and discord and we loose common ground with our partners and little things begin to irritate us and then we begin to take those frustrations out on our children and instead of approaching our partners and children with kindness and love we approach them with unrest and anger.
Take time thought the day to have a moment with God and ask him to continually guide your thoughts and help you to use your ears more and your tongue less!