James 1:19-20 – 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.
Being swift to hear means that you should be ready to hear the word of God, as well as all godly counsel and correction. To be slow to speak instructs you in being guarded in all your conversations. It has been wisely noticed that “Nature has given to man one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.” Solomon said in Proverbs 13:3, “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction”
This verse does not suggest that you should not speak, but that you should be slow to speak. Do you respond, at times, without thinking before hand or without stepping back and considering how you should respond? Have you ever regretting what you said to someone because you spoke too soon? If so, then your challenge this week is to resist the temptation to speak too quickly and to take time to consider how God would have you to respond in your everyday situations. Seek the help of the Holy Spirit to assist you in hearing twice as much as you speak. As we learned this past Sunday, “A soft answer turns away wrath…” Proverbs 15:1a, may you seek in every way God’s perfect answer.