James 1:19-20 -Therefore, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20 for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.
God's Word is being sent forth to all of us on today with this simple message: "quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger."
The point that James is making in this text is this: Stop talking and start listening!
Why slow to anger? Anger does not work the righteousness of God. In other words, anger does not produce the standard of behavior that God requires of us as His people.
When we are angry, we say hurtful and painful words that end up wounding others. These words cannot be taken back, once released out of our mouth and we end up living with regret of them later.
Proverbs 15:1-A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. Therefore, we must be careful what we speak out of our mouth. To do this, we must learn to be swift to hear and slow to speak.
Through prayer, the Word of God and daily leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we must and can learn how to sharpen our listening skills.
If we could be honest for a moment, we all talk too much. We all could use improvement in this area.
The church that James was writing too apparently had this same problem.
2 ears and one mouth is a sign to all of us that we should do more listening and less talking.
James commands us to "think" before we "speak"!
The beginning of "divine wisdom" starts with learning how to "hear" the Holy Spirit more with our heart's ear and talking less with our physical "mouth".
True evidence of our faith is shown in our actions, but more so in the words that are spoken out of our mouth.
The mouth reveals what is in the heart of a man. Luke 6:45-A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 says it this way: “Do not be quick to speak with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on the earth; therefore may your words be few.
Hearing more and speaking less is the command of today for all of us.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for giving you an ear that not only hears what the spirit is saying to you, but obeying what is says also.
Hearing and doing goes hand in hand.
I love you all.