James 1:19) say “Wherefore my beloved brethren let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”
As Christians we must learn how to listen. And learning to listen is not always easy because most people tend to want to tell it instead of listening and receiving. It’s been said that God obviously wanted us to listen more because he gave us two ears and only one mouth. Certainly there must be some truth to that because after reading (James 3) which ministers on the power of the tongue we all need to be sure that we listen more and talk less.
In fact, we also need to be swift (quick) to hear and slow to anger as well. A good listener must be one who makes eye contact with the speaker, one who doesn’t allow himself/herself to be distracted by the things going on around them or in them (thinking about other things); it’s also important that you be able to give the speaker some positive feedback on what you have heard.
Hence, it would be nice to know that you understood what you heard. Listening was so important to the Lord that he said “He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Thus, God can tell who is listening to the word of God and who is not by how they live their lives. If heaven is to be ours we must become good listeners, because there are those who hear but don’t receive or perceive the things of God. However, those who really listen to God’s word by the Spirit make the necessary changes to grow in Christ and become who God ordained them to be from the time He spoke it from our mother’s womb.
God Bless You