Love Listens

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.”
(James 1:19, KJV)

Love begins with listening.

Until you are willing to listen, no one is willing to hear, so learn to listen with your heart and head.  The Bible emphasizes listening for the sake of understanding. Solomon defines listening as the skill of drawing out a person’s true thoughts.  Try to understand what your spouse is thinking, feeling, and communicating with his or her words and actions. Love listens. Tell your spouse this: “I love you, so I want to try hard to understand your needs and desires.  I really want to know what’s important to you so that it can become as important to me.”