Quick to Listen
I love to read the book of James in the New Testament because the author, who is believed to have been the brother of Jesus, has such a no-nonsense approach to Christian faith. He pulls no punches, and expects Jesus followers to put their actions in line with way of the master. “You must understand this,” he writes “let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” Apparently our rush to judgement and confrontation does nothing to build us, and the world, into what God intends.
It has been observed that God gave us two ears and one mouth, and we should use them proportionately! Our culture does not encourage thoughtful listening, sincere attempts to understand one another, and the need to restrain angry passions and enthusiasm. James knew more than most that words matter – they do more than describe reality; they shape it. We can decry the lack of genuine communication and humble restraint in our culture, or we model something better.
What opportunities will God give you and me to do that today?