All healthy relationships involve careful listening. (André Neher, 20th century Jewish scholar and philosopher).

Ernest Hemingway, 20th century novelist, gave similar counsel: “When people talk, listen completely.” Neher’s goes on to say that good relationships depend on two –way communication. Many of us speak well but need to develop the art of careful and attentive listening.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen [and] slow to speak (James 1:19).