Quick Word from Pastor Rob
James 1:19 says: “So then my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”. Notice that these commands are opposite of what usually takes place.
We should be swift to hear. The reason this is so hard to do is that we are often more interested in what we have to say than listening to what someone else has to say. This is not a good thing for building relationships. Everyone loves a good listener because everyone has a story to tell. When we listen to others they in turn will listen to us.
We should be slow to speak. This will give you the opportunity to understand. Proverbs 18:13 gives us this information: “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him”. I heard it expressed this way one time: Before you put your mouth in gear make sure your mind is engaged. That’s sound advice for all of us.
We should be slow to wrath. This is talking about anger which is a big problem in our world today. Anger often erupts when our ego is bruised. Our feelings get hurt and our opinions are ignored and we get angry. Selfish anger never helps anyone. A lot of things happen when people get angry and looking back it wasn’t worth it.
So, swift slow is the way to go!