~James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
I love how James encourages us to be swift to hear and slow to speak. It’s a good thing God didn’t give teen girls two mouths and only one ear! What kind of conversations would you have if you were half listening and spoke twice as much?!
Yes, this is a funny concept but I do believe this is what James was trying to communicate. Teen girl, you should listen twice as much as you speak. You reap peace, not wrath when you heed this Scripture verse. Anyone who takes the time to hold her tongue and spends more time listening won’t get herself into trouble. Think about those times when your parents told you something you did not want to hear and you “barked” back them! What would have happened if you had applied today’s Bible verse? You won’t be quick to throw in your two cents worth and “open mouth, insert foot”!
We can learn so much from James’ wisdom. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache had I learned this early on in my life, especially in those conversations with my Mom and Dad. Had I listened twice as much as spoken, I would have gotten into less trouble 🙂
~Proverb 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.