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Two Ears, One Mouth

JAMES 1:19-20


“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

For most people, the opposite is true: we are slow to listen to others, quick to speak out of turn, and swift to get angry. It’s almost ironic how we expect others to do all of these things and then get upset or offended when they don’t. There is a reason we have one mouth and two ears: so we would listen twice as much as we speak! Do you think we live in a culture that engenders listening with grace or speaking out of anger? Letting situations beyond our control stir up anger inside of us is stealing justice from God. This doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything about injustice (quite the opposite!), but we submit to the Holy Spirit in the administration of justice. We are made in God’s image and are capable of a full spectrum of emotion, but giving rise to anger does not produce righteousness.

"JUSTICE BELONGS TO THE LORD."


LORD, thank you for paying the price for my offenses. I am so sorry for hurting you every time I choose to sin. Please help me be wise when I get angry and turn to you instead of acting in my flesh. Please forgive me for trying to rob you of your justice by punishing my offenders instead of loving them. Teach me to set patience and kindness as my defaults.

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