My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. - James 1:19-21
Dear Heavenly Father,
You gave me two ears and one mouth for a reason. You want me to listen and understand before I make a judgment on any situation. Give me the wisdom to understand the whole story with my close ones before I try to speak to them about it. Preserve me from anger that makes me rash and judgmental. Give me the peace and patience to allow them to find a comfortable way to discuss matters with me in a positive environment instead of under the stress of my irritated scrutiny. And help me to listen to your word every day so I let it bear fruit in me for others to enjoy.
Pastor Don Patterson
Listening quietly with an open heart is one of the most active and productive things we can do.