Be Quick to Listen
Sometimes, silence is necessary. We have opinions about this or that, but often our opinions are not needed. Our silence is what’s best. We share our “wisdom” too freely and presume our words to be most valuable.
On occasion, we forego discernment in order to be “the one”—the one who “sheds light”, brings “clarity”, or distributes “convicting” admonishment. We want to melt or pierce the hearts of others when this is not our job. It is the Holy Spirit’s job. We must wait for Him and His prodding and carefully dispense His words as HE leads.
Proverbs 17:27, 28 says, “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
Let us not be too quick to dismiss this or quick to identify culprits. Instead, let us consider where we may have interjected when it wasn’t needed. How do we know if we have done this? Do a litmus test. In the end…Did our words bring unity? Did our words bring life and hope? Did our words bring encouragement and edification? Proverbs 10:21 declares, “The lips of the righteous nourish many…”
James 1:19 instructs us to, “…be quick to listen, slow to speak…” But, how is this accomplished? #1 Prayer. Ask the Lord to reveal the heart behind your “wisdom” and opinions and repent. #2 Practice. Give ear to the Holy Spirit; be quick to listen to His instruction and be willing to give in to His restraint.