February 19, 2014
'Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak'
Everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God.
My flare-ups, I have to admit, are really about me: my wants, my frustrations, my judgments, my interpretations. I lose my temper with the children because I had a bad day; I snap at a coworker because I quarreled with my spouse this morning. My patience wears thin because I decide I shouldn't be inconvenienced. And how many times have I made things worse by jumping to conclusions or firing off objections without first listening?
James doesn't say anger is bad or that we should never feel it. But he does urge us to remember the big picture: We are here to accomplish the righteousness of God.
Lord, help me to really listen, to think before speaking and to be slow to anger for the sake of your kingdom.
- Anne Pushkal
James 1:19-27|Psalm 15:2-5|Mark 8:22-26