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Learning to listen to others requires much discipline, and discipline requires patience.  We have gotten so use to babbling that we forgot how to listen and understand what others are saying.  Now if you understood anything about those first two sentences, and are ready to listen to the words that are being  to spoken you today, you might be able to walk in the newest of life and find much more joy, peace, contentment and happiness in your relationships.

Our mouth and that little thing called our tongue gets us into a world of trouble at times.  If we would put a zipper on our mouth and be swift to listen and slow to speak, we can transform our lives in ways unimaginable at other times.  For believers, this is a lesson you must practice daily.  For non-believers, you must seek the Lord for guidance and salvation in order to begin the process, because God‘s perfect law must be put into practice in our speech.  Why? Because God’s law is truth, and the law sets people free.  It is only in obeying God that true freedom can be found.  As Christian’s, we are saved by God’s grace, and salvation frees us from sin‘s control, speaking and not listen.  As believers we are free to live as God created us to live.  Of course, this does not mean that we are free to do as we please.

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Now let us clearly understand this one truth, and that is, we must be swift to listen and slow to speak.  The expression be quick to listen is a beautiful way of capturing the idea of active listening as it is taught in (James 1:19).  James explains to us that we are not simply to refrain from speaking; we are to be ready and willing to listen.  This “quick” listening is obviously to be done with discernment.  We are to check what we hear with God’s word.  If we don’t listen both carefully and quickly, we are liable to be led into all kinds of false teaching and error.

Quick to listen and slow to speak should be taken together as sides of the same coin.  Slowness in speaking means speaking with humility and patience, not with hasty words or nonstop babbling.  Constraint talking keeps a person from being able to hear.  Wisdom is not always having something to say, it involves listening carefully, considering prayerfully, and speaking quietly.  When we talk too much and listen too little, we communicate to others that we think our ideas are much more important than theirs.  James wisely advises us to reverse this process.  We need to put a mental stopwatch on our conversations and keep track of how much we talk and how much we listen.  When people talk to us, do they feel that their viewpoints and ideas have value?

Putting a zipper on one’s mouth and learning to listen requires the same set of skills as an athlete.  In order for an athlete to achieve greatest he must persevere in training in order to improve their abilities and endurance for competition, so do we, in order to persevere in spiritual training our senses need to be swift to listen and slow to speak, as we patiently endure testing that will bring maturity and completeness.

We must come to a point in our lives where we know that God’s long term goal for us is maturity and completeness, but his eternal goal for us is the crown of life, a rich expression of hope.  We can only arrive at this point we learn to be obedient to the word of God.  Know the truth and the truth will set you free.  Be swift to listen and slow to speak.  PUT A ZIPPER ON YOUR MOUTH AND LEARN TO LISTEN!




  1. Reblogged this on Interned In Northfield.

  2. Listening is important as is hearing it.
    Wonder if Washington DC would ever……..

  3. Well said. Thanks for sharing my article. Listening is a skill that must be practiced, along with learning to let the Holy Spirit control our speach. Angie


      Angie, I totally agree with you on that. Thanks for your work in writing this great article. It is my personal belief that wisdom of this sort is for as many people as possible to see and read and comprehend.

  4. Shirley Rhodes

    This is an awesome truth, when we talk, talk we actually have not learned the art of conversation. If we learn to patiently listen, evaluate and respond when the time is right, instead of talking at people, we have gained knowlegde as to how to master the art of conversation/communicating. Beautifully written.


      Thank you My Friend for using your knowledge and wisdom to help us all further understand what we must do to bring back servility in our daily conversations with each other. We appreciate you for your greats works in communicating God’s word in the manner he has chosen you to do it. May God’s mercy, grace and peace be with you now and always.

  5. I think many of us, myself included, have had or have this problem. I know for me it wasn’t because I wasn’t interested in what others had to say; rather, it was because growing up, I liked to talk alot, coupled by the fact that everybody I talked to were always in a hurry, and I’d have to talk fast and get it all in so that I’d be heard. So I think the issue was I never felt heard, although I’ve always been able to talk and listen at the same time well. That’s not the point, though. The point is, even if I’m listening and talking, what impression am I giving the other person/people? They’re going to perceive that I’m not listening to them, and that therefore I do not care what they have to say. They may also pereceive that I am all about myself. Now, all of these same things are true about God as well; we also need to take the time to listen to Him, or else how is He supposed to help when we call upon Him?


      Thank you My Dear Sister for sharing with us what it means to have the ability to listen. Your own personal knowledge can help to teach many of us just what it means to put a zipper on our mouth and listen before speaking. We truly do appreciate your wisdom on this very important subject. May God continue to bless you greatly this day.


    Thank you My Friend for the link.

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