James – Friday, March 13
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
It has been said that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason—that we should spend twice as much time listening as we do talking. There’s much truth in this pithy statement.
The fact is, much of the relational trouble we experience comes from our failure to take the time to truly hear what is being said. This is true of us when we take in a Bible study and fail to tune in to God’s voice, or when we’re in prayer, or when we’re in conversation with another human being.
Not only that, we are way too quick to speak. Oftentimes, we are formulating our response before the other person is even finished with their sentence. Even worse, we interrupt them while they’re still speaking!
These things contribute toward ungodly anger. Without truly hearing another person, we tend to react before we truly understand, out of our emotions. This kind of anger is borne out of frustration, impatience, misunderstanding, or unjust judgment. This anger stems directly from lack of listening and impulsive speech. This kind of anger is not consistent with the life God has called us to live.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. What is your tendency with God? Do you spend time listening to Him? Are you quick to hear and learn from Him?
2. How about your tendency with others? Do you speak before you have heard what they’ve said? How good of a listener are you? Are others able to share their hearts with you? Be honest as you write out your thoughts about yourself in these areas.
3. List any specific areas in your life which provoke an unhealthy, ungodly anger within you. What is the origin or cause of such anger? As you list them, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to Bible truth that will help you deal with the source of such anger.