Quick to Hear
You know this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Now everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve righteousness. - James 1:19 (NASB)
I took a class in college called Group Dynamics. A topic of discussion was the input of others within a group. During the discussion the professor communicated that listening is a skill not all people know how to do. After hearing this, my first (selfish) thought was how quickly others sought to speak before they heard me finish what I was saying. I learned to distinguish if others were truly listening, or not, by observing if they interrupted me, or changed their facial expression as if they wanted to hurry and blow-out their words. My next thought proceeded to the notion of me listening. I questioned; “How am I doing when hearing what others have to say? What am I projecting when someone is speaking to me? What about when God is speaking? Am I quick to hear?” I needed to look inward to check my motive for slow hearing. I concluded that depending on the situation, it could be a number of things, like pride, fear, or not realizing I am not hearing, etc. I have discovered that when I hear what God and others are saying I will gain understanding. And with that, I can imitate Christ.
(Relevant reading: Proverbs 2; Philippians 2:3-8; I Corinthians 11:1; 1 Peter 2:21)
When working out our faith what ways can we become better hearers, with God and with others that will achieve righteousness?
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