James tells us in our text today “to be swift to hear and slow to speak!” Being a good listener is one of the essential characteristics of Christian character. Why? Because when we listen, it means we care. We stop and listen to God, because we love God. When we listen to other people, we are showing them that we care, because by doing so, we are putting their needs above our own.
Larry King once said, “I never learned anything while I was talking.” Do you want to know God better and receive the wisdom you need from Him? Then be “swift to hear and slow to speak.” Do you want to be in a position where you can truly help others? Then attentively listen to all they have to say. We can only learn from God and attentively listen to others when our mouths are closed.