Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath –

 James 1:19-20…19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James addressed his readers as “beloved brethren” fellow members of the family of God.  Three admonitions for these family members: [1] “be swift to hear” listen to and apply the “word of truth” in the Bible with joy. [2] “slow to speak”. Think before you speak because our words are powerful. [3] “slow to wrath”. Anger makes us self-centered. Practicing these three can save a believer from a great deal of pain.

Paul normally used the term righteousness to describe the righteous status that God gives to Christians as a gift A. Here, James is emphasizing the fruit of righteousness, or righteous living. B Human anger does not produce righteous living, actually just the opposite.

What about the righteous indignation Jesus showed toward the moneychangers at the temple C? Certainly, a place exists for believers to speak up for just causes in strong terms. The anger James described, however, differed from righteous indignation. Anger that rages out of control does not represent God’s way of solving problems.

What role does God’s Word and the Holy Spirit play in controlling your emotions?

Notes: A- Romans 5:17; B- James 3:18;  C- John 2:13-16;

Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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