Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19
So often you think you are listening but you’re really just waiting for our turn to talk. you’re not intentionally rude or self-absorbed – it’s only natural to want to engage, ask clarifying questions, or interject a personal observation. But some conversations are not two-way. Some conversations – if we are to fully engage – require our silence.
The next time you’re presented with the opportunity consider putting your listening hat on and leaving it there.
A wise, old saying from Proverbs: “To answer before listening is folly and shame.” (Proverbs 18:13)
William Arthur Ward said, “Before You Speak, Listen.” I admit Listening before talking is hard work. Our impulse is to answer. If you resist, it takes self-control and self-denial. Al
Sometimes not saying anything is the Best Answer.
You see, Silence can Never Be Misquoted.
The fruit of Silence is prayer.The fruit of Prayer is faith.The fruit of Faith is love.The fruit of Love is service.The fruit of Service is peace. ~ Mother Teresa