~James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
I love how James exhorts us to be swift to hear and slow to speak. It’s a good thing God didn’t give us two mouths and only one ear! What kind of conversations would we have if we were half listening and twice as able to speak?!
Yes, this is a funny concept but I do believe this is what James was trying to communicate. We should listen twice as much as we speak. In so doing, we reap peace, not wrath. Anyone who takes the time to hold his tongue and spends more time listening won’t get himself into trouble. He won’t be quick to throw in his two cents worth and “open mouth, insert foot”!
We can learn so much from James’ wisdom. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache had I learned this early on in my life.
~Proverb 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.