If there is one command in the Bible that everyone wants others to obey, it is James 1:19-20, “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.” (NIV)
Every mother wants her kids to be quick to listen, right? They also want their husbands to be quick to hear! But let’s not talk about that, ok?! We all also want co-workers, government leaders, teachers and neighbors to be quick to hear us. I think being quick to hear and slow to speak are connected. If you are going to listen to another, you will be slow to speak.
Also, being quick to listen means you will likely be slow to anger. Now that is one thing, I’d like to see more politicians live by! It seems that they are always quick to anger. They also stir up anger in others. Probably because angry people want to take action. So, they stoke the outrage to get people to act on their agenda.
You know, if we all lived by these three rules life would be better. But that is not the real reason to follow them. The real reason is because anger does not bring about a righteous life. Today, slow down your anger. Slow down your speech and listen to others!
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