In this season, we have to be slow to speak. We have to listen and ask God to let us receive what is meant for us. And as He gives it to us we have to be mindful of how we interpret it and use it. Because when we are quick to clap back we often miss what God is trying to reveal to us. Most misunderstandings come from not listening to someone and fully understanding what he/she is truly saying. Communication is more than just talking, but it is also listening. As, I would tell my 4th graders when teaching, "Listen with your ears, not your mouth." Once words are spoken they can't be taken back. But if we listen patiently we will be able to absorb exactly what God is saying through someone.
So, in this season, don't allow Satan to trick your mind into thinking that what someone is saying to you is meant to hurt or harm you. Ask God for clarity on what is being said before you make a decision.
Over the weekend, my mom was praying like we do every time I go home and she said something that stuck with me. She prayed "Lord let me understand what is meant for me, but everything that is not from you don't let it get in my head and make me crazy." This stuck out to me because she taught me that I had to be mindful of what I allow in from others. Because if I allow negative comments enter into my mind, I could become crazy and maybe even believe what was sent to me. Don't let others words alter who you are.
This bible verse is so on point for me.
James 1:19-20 "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires."
Remember in the season ask God to help you listen with an ear of understanding.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Pray and ask God to guard your mouth.
Proverbs 21:23 (NIV)
"Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity."
And don't allow unnecessary words to make you angry.
Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)
"Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end."