James 1:19-20 ” My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

The next time you’re in a heated debate, take notice of your body language.  Are your arms tightly crossed over your chest?  You’re being defensive and resistive to the person and words that are being spoken to you.  Are you shaking your head ” No “as someone is speaking to you?  You’re not listening, but rather formulating what you want to say in response as soon as that person takes their next breath.  This scripture shows that the art of communication is listening deliberately, speaking carefully, and not allowing knee-jerk reactionary anger to prevail.

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