Be Quick To Listen Slow To Speak
"Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry. This is because an angry person doesn’t produce God’s righteousness (James 1:19-20).
He Who Has Ears Let Him Hear
So many of us listen in order to make a reply or rather to respond maliciously without having heard with an understanding what's being said. God wants us to listen with understanding. He wants us to hear what the Spirit has to say to the Church [believer]. If we don't listen with the intent to understand, we won't have the ability, from a lack of understanding, confusion, and wickedness, to put what we hear into practice. The Word needs to be meditated on deeply in order for it to be heard and take root for fruit that heals (Mathew 13:3-9). "Everyone who has ears should pay attention (Mathew 13:10).
Hear the Word of God, then Put It Into Practice
"Therefore, with humility, set aside all moral filth and the growth of wickedness, and welcome the word planted deep inside you—the very word that is able to save you. You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do (James 21-25).
We Are Here On Purpose, so Hear on Purpose