Quick to listen, slow to speak

On Sunday some of us were talking about how often we’ve caught ourselves interrupting the people we’re talking with to say what’s on our mind. We all agreed in retrospect that this has been a bad habit we’ve fallen into. I know when I’m in a conversation and the person I’m talking to doesn’t let me finish a thought before jumping in that it can stir up frustration and anger in me.

One writer suggests that anger is primarily born out of frustration, fear and hurt. We all experience these things in our lives and so the expression of our anger needs to be rehearsed. In other words, take some time to think about what it feels like to have anger stirred up because we all get warning signs and then practice in your heart and mind what kind of response you should have. Explosiveness, sarcasm and stuffing it all end in harm. What’s the healthy response? The answer can be found in God’s word and then we’re responsible to act on it.

James 1:19-21 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

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