Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
James 1:19 (NLT)
Some passages of scripture are harder to live out than others. We can read, “Love one another” and go away not really doing anything. We deceive ourself or at best, let ourself off the hook because it is not specific enough. I can believe I am, “loving” someone and be way off base. However, James writes today’s verse fairly straightforward. He says that we need to be quick to listen to others. We need to wait before we speak. Then he adds, be very slow at getting mad. How better life would be if we followed James wisdom. But just in case we don’t really understand how serious he is, James adds this admonition, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” So today, let’s do what the word says and be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Father, help me today, to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
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