Being slow to speak and quick to listen has always been a struggle for me.
In James 1 we read, “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. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” (1:19-21)
This passage is so important for me to read. As an extrovert, I have to really try to “be quick to listen, slow to speak“. Sometimes, I spend so much time giving my opinion or telling some story that I think people need to hear, that I miss so many important pieces of information from the people in my life.
I remember once in Bible College having been convicted of this concept, I chose to spend a regular 24 hour day in silence. The goal was to spend all my speech internally toward God and then focus on listening to the people around me.
Being in Bible College at the time, definitely made it easier than being in regular world. People respected and allowed such a silence commitment without having to dive into complete solitude as well.
The second note on this passage is based on the connection between speaking often and being easily angered. Again, as an extrovert I can totally relate. I am generally not “slow to become angry“. When I’m feeling joy, it’s really joyful. In the same way, when I’m angry, I’m going to make sure everyone knows it.
My emotions have always been extremes. I have to really try to keep my cool! It’s tough to admit, because it’s so deeply based in selfishness. Nevertheless, it’s the truth.
All this being said, as we desire to correct these two things, this passage tells us clearly where the answer lies. “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.“
As always, within our relationships with God and fellow-man, it all comes down to humility and devotion to the Word. As we strive to be slow to speak and slow to become angry today, let’s make sure we spend some time focusing on God’s Word. Furthermore, let us seek out opportunities to act with humility. We might just make it through the day!
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.