Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

Listening First

on May 23, 2021

James 1:19“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

My husband ran in the direction of my screams and killed a snake at our home. It was “harmless,” he said. “Rest easy, it wasn’t a deadly rattlesnake.”

“I guess so, but at least a rattlesnake would have given me a warning he was there.”

Warnings are important. Given so we will reduce our speed in traffic, refrain from using harmful chemicals indoors, or stop before putting a “DRY CLEAN ONLY” garment in the washing machine.

The verse from James is one of many warnings in the Bible. His message?

There’s a lot of turmoil in the world today. Emotions are at an all-time high.

The social climate is such that we can easily alienate those who we are wanting to influence.

Even though we want to be heard, believers must also be willing to give others respect so they can speak freely. When we do, we can learn so much more about “where they are coming from.” If we will listen to them and show them that we truly care, we’ll be better able to know how to answer their questions.

Choosing our words carefully and sparingly is key to communicating the love of God to others. 

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