Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 14, 2018

Slow to Speak

Filed under: Bible,Church,devotion,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

James 1:21 21 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. (NIV)

James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (NIV)

I call the epistle of James the practical how-to epistle.  James was one of the half-brothers of Jesus.  He grew up with Jesus and hears how Jesus talked and what Jesus did.  God could have sent Jesus to earth as a full-grown man, already capable of talking.  But He chose to send His Son down to earth as a helpless, unable to talk baby.  Jesus grew up, worked and listened for some 30 years before He started talking – speaking forth the word of His Father.  He was able to experience and understand how it was to be a human.  He could relate to us so we could relate to Him.  In verse 21 the word “save” is not about eternal life.  We have eternal life the moment we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives.  He is talking about being saved from the things we face.  Moral filth and evil start with words we say or hear.  Words become action.  James writes about how powerful words are.  We all want to be heard and understood.  So much so, we tend to be quick to speak what we want to say rather than listen to what someone else wants to say.  I really recommend an in-depth study of James in relations to how, when and why we talk and how we should listen.  This knowledge and the practicing of it can really save us.  It can save our relationships with others.  It can save our jobs.  It can save our churches.  It can really save.

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