It has been so long since our James study. These days, I think about our “Trials on Tuesday” series. Now seems like the perfect time to pick it up again.
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Dear brothers, don’t ever forget that it is best to listen much, speak little, and not become angry; for anger doesn’t make us good, as God demands that we must be (James 1:19-20).
Many of us struggle with our words. Words can be such a powerful thing. But, they can also become our downfall.
I can struggle profoundly with my words. And I fall into two extremes: withhold all words or say whatever comes to mind, and the words (or gazes) can be less than godly. Our heart, center of passions and emotions, is where it all begins.
I can become tempted to be angry or careless with my words. But, my fleshly heart has a choice to make: To honor Jesus Christ or be led to sin.
The words we speak, along with listening, and attitude, are important things that help make a mature Christian. It would be wise if we all did a little self evaluation.
Words are either gifts or thorns.
Words can fill up our minds, and even lead us down many rabbit holes.
Even with the confusion of words, God doesn’t leave us on our own to figure it out. God has given us His Word – the Bible, to help us learn how to speak, listen, and control ourselves.
Thank you Lord Jesus, for knowing our struggle with words!
Seeking God’s Help
God is teaching us to:
- be slow to speak.
- quick to listen.
- slow to become angry.
Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again, so we might be reconciled to God our Father. And now, we can be a pleasing aroma to God – choosing Jesus and to walk in His wondrous ways.
There are three truths to glean from:
#1) When we learn how to communicate like God is showing us, we see results! Our generous God gets the fame that He deserves. And our relationships are better, because we put God’s instruction into action.
#2) God wants to show us that our circumstances do not have to choose our actions for us. This is where the mighty grace of God steps in.
Friends, our God is far more powerful and loving than we could ever imagine. He wants to strengthen and transform us.
#3) Even though our circumstances may not change, our attitude and habits can change. They can change, because of who God is. Because of God, we can begin to take actions to live out this Scripture.
The Son of Man has come to give life to anyone who is lost (Matthew 18:10).
Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect (Romans 12:2).
As I draw near to our Lord Jesus, this is where these transformation – miracles take place.
Image by Nathan Dumlao.