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19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore,
get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and
humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
heard it said that God gave us two ears and one mouth, and that we
should use them proportionately. That advice seems to go along pretty
well with James' instruction. James suggests that being quick to listen
and slow to speak would help us be slower to get angry. Anger--at least
the kind of anger we have when we don't listen and shoot off our
mouths--is contrary to the righteous life God desires for us and from
us. We need to be serious about turning away from sin, and humble and
receptive toward God's word.
Response and Action:
want to be quick to listen and slow to speak. I need to become a
better listener. I need to listen to God's leading through his word. I
need to listen to what others saying and be careful to keep my
responses and my attitudes in check. Careless anger is inconsistent
with seeking God and trying to please him. I will guard against it.
God, make me an instrument of your peace. Help me to become a good
listener and to use words with careful measure. Give me the grace to
relate to others in loving and healthy ways. Give me a mouth that
blesses and encourages. Teach me to delight in your will and to walk in
your ways to the glory of your name. I pray through Christ Jesus my
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and forever. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Psalm 34:11-14
11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project
by Dave Isay