James 1:19-21
My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

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 is wisely advising us to do the reverse. Put a mental stopwatch on your conversation, and keep track of how much you talk and how much you listen. When you talk with others, if you listen more than you talk, you will learn much more about the person you are speaking with. This is very important with our spouses and our children. Listen to what they are saying and you will be surprised at how much you learn about them. Then when you do have something to say, they will be more likely to listen to you. By listening to them, you have communicated how much you care about them. It will show that they are important to you and they will feel more comfortable with you. Your love for God will show in how well you listen to others.

Have a God Day!