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Day #5 – Quick to Listen

Friday, November 9th, 2012

James 1:19-25 (NIV)

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness 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.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Reflection

We often feel like if we just have the final word or are the fastest at rebutting an argument, then we’ve won and all things should be settled. But quite the contrary, we often feel more unsettled and needing more words whether to speak to our own hearts or to vent to someone else. There’s a Christian cliché, “Hurry up and wait” that calls us to aggressively wait on the Lord and hear from Him. Likewise, James is urging believers to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Listening creates opportunities for God’s word to be planted in us and for Godly desires to grow. It also helps us relate to others and to live life in the church with one another.

Responding to the Transmission

There are times when we get into petty arguments and wonder what was that all about. Let’s pray that instead, we would be those that are quick to listen to the Lord and slow to speak. Let’s live in the freedom that God has provided us as we do not forget what we have heard, but are blessed in doing what God reveals to us.

Day #4 – My Sheep Listen

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Day #3 – Wisdom and Understanding

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Day #2 - Taste and See

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Day #1 - In Dust and Ashes

Monday, November 5th, 2012