FRIDAY, JULY 26
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
James 1:19 (ESV)
THE THOUGHTFULNESS OF OUR WORDS
In Monday’s devotional, we talked about the danger of saying too much without filtering what comes out of our mouths. When we say whatever comes into our minds, we will inevitably get into trouble. To guard against the overuse of words, we would be wise to follow the advice of James who encourages us to engage our mind before we put our mouth in gear. In James 1:19, he penned these words, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” There’s a designation here. They go in order. First be quick to listen and then slow to speak. If you’re quick to listen, you will be slow to speak. If you’re slow to speak, then you will be slow to become angry. If you have a problem with anger you need to work on being quick to listen and slow to speak. The result will be you’ll be slow to anger.
Some of us don’t have a talking problem but rather a listening problem. If we listened more and listened first, we would better educate our mouths on what should said and when it should be said. How good of a listener are you? Why do you think God gave us two ears and one mouth? Just a thought. Ask the Lord to help you be a better listener so that you can become a better and more helpful communicator.