Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. James 1:19
- Why does James exhort people to “be quick” to listen? How could you listen more quickly?
- Having given instruction to listen, why does James say to be “slow” to speak? Isn’t he repeating himself?
- What does anger have to do with speaking and listening?
- When was the last time you regretted speaking before you listened? Why?
2 thoughts on “A Verse for Meditation”
I had an incident over the weekend. I wrote something on my fb page in response to a comment a friend had made. She has shared some personal things with me that she is keeping close to her chest, so when I inadvertently made a reference to some of this, she got angry and panicky and was phoning and sending messages for me to remove the message. Fortunately, I did not pick up on the phone and when I played back her message I caught the tone. It also came out in her written messages. I quietly removed the offending post and just kept away from her. I chose to do that because I listened and have taken a very long time to answer. I feel that if I had responded at the time, while I may have wanted to be calm, her agitation may have spilled over to me and make the situation explosive.
How perfectly God orchestrated this situation to give you the opportunity to delay your response. I think you are right about the importance of the passage of time. It is hard for me to slow down and take time before responding. I will try to remember your experience the next time I am tempted to burst out with an answer before the dust settles. Thank you for your comment.
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