James 1:19 –My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – My dad often said we have one mouth and two ears, meaning we should listen twice as much as we speak. We listen because the other party might be right. It happens. But being “slow to speak” does not mean we do not speak at all. The other party might be wrong. It also happens. And if the stakes are high (not trivial), it is crucial that we do speak up. A true friend does not withhold the truth, even if it may hurt. But how we speak the truth (in love, gentleness and respect) is just as crucial.
Silence Matters – Our lives begin…
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