Word of Wisdom for the New Year

James 1:19 “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

When talking with someone don’t be the first to get your point across.  The Lord taught me a long time ago to keep my mouth shut, even when I have a word from the Lord.  Everyone wants to get their two cents out there for everyone to hear, but they rarely take the time to listen.  Just because you think the Lord has given you insight into a matter doesn’t mean you should say anything.  Keep quiet, let the Lord minister to you while you listen to the other person and when they are done, share your insight in Love.  You never know when the Spirit is going to give you additional insight.  I can’t tell you how many times other people have lost out on a word of wisdom from the Lord because they wouldn’t stop talking and start listening.

The Lord is always listening to what you have to say.  But He’s not going to talk until you stop talking and start listening!

Live in God’s Peace!

Richard Billingsley


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