Learning to listen


is important


To be heard is precious

and affirming

to the sharing soul


And those who hear

with their hearts

and with wisdom


glorify God

and build people up


Listening to ourselves speak

may bring satisfaction


but may not bring about

the righteousness of God


when done out of selfishness

and talking just to talk


Hearing should be more paramount

than being heard


And there should be no one

we listen to more

than God


Hearing Him more than we talk


Humility listens much


– Susie Stewart


Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

– James 1:19 (NLT)


Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];

– James 1:19 (AMP)


Listen, open your ears, harness your desire to speak, and don’t get worked up into a rage so easily, my brothers and sisters.

– James 1:19 (VOICE)


A [closed-minded] fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his personal opinions [unwittingly displaying his self-indulgence and his stupidity].

– Provers 18:2 (AMPT)


Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.

– David Augsberger


The ear is the road to the heart.

– Voltaire


The first duty of love is to listen.

– Paul Tillich


He was interesting because he was interested.

– Gore Vidal


Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

– Stephen Covey


Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

– James 1:22 (NIV)


Photo by Susie Stewart