“Swift To Hear” ( James 1:19, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Here James offers one of those tidbits of wisdom that might define my life if I would but follow it diligently —

“Know ye, my brethren most loved, be each man swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to wrath;”

Listening is key —

Open my ears and shut my mouth, and attend to what you are saying without formulating my response while you are still speaking. (Do this sometimes in a group, and you can wind up completely ignored; but I imagine you are also the group member most likely to know what was said — and meant  — by the other members.)

If I listen without a mind active in figuring out my own response, then it follows I have a better chance of fully understanding you and your viewpoint. Perhaps then I will be “slow to speak, and slow to wrath.” Sounds nice, doesn’t it?