Twelve Gifts of Christmas 

The Gift of Listening Written by Katie Dyas 
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19.

The definition of listening is “gives one attention to.” I will admit, listening can be tough sometimes and having a conversation with someone takes a lot of grace. Think about how grateful you are when someone asks you how your day was and they actually want to sit and listen to your answer.

James 1:19 says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”.
Listening requires patience, which is what the Lord is telling us in James 1:19. Sometimes, others have much bigger problems that need love and attention. Good listening makes someone feel like they matter and you actually care for them. When you engage in a conversation with someone and you listen to what they have to say, it's an act of love. You wouldn’t care for someone if you wouldn’t take the time to listen to what they have to say.

Listening is also an act of ministry. God works in majestic ways, but sometimes all someone needs is just someone who will listen to what they have to say. I know that when I have something I need to get off my chest I turn to the Lord, because guess what, He happens to be a fantastic listener. I think sometimes it's His answer that makes us uncomfortable. Maybe instead of giving someone a wrapped present this year, you can engage in a conversation with them, and just listen.

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