19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
James tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak and become angry. That sounds pretty easy but it isn’t. Normally I am trying to think up what to say next while someone is talking to me. I believe a lot of us are that way. Sometimes that leads to not really hearing what is being said. Seems to me everyone wants to be heard and give their opinion on the situation.
Normally as we listen, to another person or God, we gather information. It could simply be that the individual we are talking to needs a sounding board, just someone to vent to and talk through a situation. Other times by listening we find out more about the person, get to know them better.
So listen up friends and be slow to reply.
May God Bless