“A Word Fitly Spoken”

listen quick speak slow

by Dona Hake

James 1:19 (AMP) 

“Understand [this], my beloved brethren.

Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener],

slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.”

I think of how many arguments would be avoided if this simple and profound verse was mastered by us.   If one does not give their full attention to the one speaking to them, there will more than likely words that are spoken which could be inappropriate or hurtful.   This verse has a wealth of wisdom in it for us.   I think it is just as important to listen to another’s heart as well as the words that proceed from their mouth.    After you have listened, then think thoroughly before you open your mouth.  Many times you  may feel that you  have the right answer for someone’s problem yet it is not the appropriate time for that word to be spoken.

Let us ask the Lord to have sensitive hearts that we will listen more sensitively to those around us.    Many times we may indeed know what that individual may need but we need to ask the Lord for the proper season to share it.  I would also venture to say that the one that has mastered being a good listener also understands the value of giving their full attention and making eye contact with the one speaking.

Proverbs 25:11 (AMP)
“A word fitly spoken and in due season is like

apples of gold in settings of silver.”

Listening to someone may be the greatest gift you could give them.     Choice words are even a greater gift to one that is in need.  After you have listened carefully you will find they will be much more apt to hear your heartfelt  and choice response.  I believe the Lord can help us to guard our tongues that our words will be as choice silver and gold.