Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak….
St. James speaks on the importance of listening:
Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God. -James 1:19-20, NAB
This message actually applies in two ways. First, we can apply it to the Gospel message, and then, we can apply it to our lives in general.
In respect to the Gospel message, we need to focus our efforts on listening to what it is trying to tell us. We are quick to tell others about it, and quick to use it as a weapon to judge and bring wrath on others, but neither of these should be done until we’ve taken the time to listen first.
The same is true in life. We are quick with our tongues and our actions but, often times, fail to hear the truth. If the whole world spent more time listening, and less time speaking, it would be a much different place.
Are we even hearing these words today? Right now, the Holy Spirit (through the voice of St. James) is trying to tell us to stop and just listen. He has a lot to share with us, but we rarely take time to hear it. How often do we give quiet time to God to simply listen to what He is telling us?
Be quick to hear, but slow to speak – for we can be far more effective with the words we listen to than the words we say.