We are to be slow to speak and quick to hear. When we communicate with the Lord, we delight in hearing what He has to say. In our conversations with others, we should endeavor to listen to them with undivided attention. To quickly hear is the key because we naturally are made to quickly speak. It takes practice by the grace of God to do the opposite, be slow to speak and quick to hear.
In a conversation, we may be thinking of an answer even before we have heard everything the other person has to say. Instead of listening to them, we are meditating on what we are going to say. It is important to pay attention to what is said. Our hearing is filtered by past mindsets so it helps to lay aside what we think we know, and focus on what the other person is saying. When we are slow to speak, because we take the time to hear, our words will have greater impact.
In our hearts we care so much for others we want to know what they have to share. Giving a listening ear is a loving and caring gesture. We treat others the way we would like them to treat us, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 18:13 “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.”