Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. James 1:19
Have you ever wondered why we are instructed to be swift to hear and slow to speak? If you are anything like me, you have come to realize the importance of listening to what is being said to you. I mean, really listening. Listening to the point of taking time to digest what has been said so that the response you give is accurate, and that the individual knows that you have actually heard what has been said.
There are so many times that we respond before the person has finished speaking, that we miss the actual meaning of the conversation. Instead of being quick to hear, we become quick to speak; leaving both parties unfulfilled of being heard.
Learning "the art of listening" will help us first of all, give our undivided attention to the one whom is speaking to us, and two, give us revelation or insight as to what or why the person may be acting the way that they are. One thing I have learned is that if it is important enough to the person to be heard, he or she will do whatever it takes to be heard; even if they have to act it out for you.
Learn to listen to one another. Show compassion and respect for one another so that what started as a "mole hill," doesn't turn into a "mountain!"
A soft answered turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1