“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 NKJV
Swift to Hear
The Scriptures have so much to say about your willingness to listen before you speak. Personally, in communicating, I have learned to ask questions before I offer any input. Thoughtful questions with patient listening is a great way to fuel excellent communication. I like to think of it this way: “The quality of your relationships is mirrored by the authenticity of your questions.”
Why? Ah…good question. When you ask authentic questions (questions you really want answered), before you offer the abundance of your words, you are actually saying this: “I care about what you think, feel and need, over what I think, feel and need.” And people do not care what you think until they think that you care!
Are you seeking true happiness? “Trust that God provides everything you need and you will relate to others in such a way that they perceive you are not looking for them to meet your needs.” How would this look? “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” Proverbs 16:20 NKJV