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Online Bible Verses - James 1:19 - be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

Updated on May 25, 2012

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”

James 1:19

So simple in concept. Not always in practice. Some other “easier said than done’s”:

Eat sensibly and get the appropriate amount of sleep and exercise.

Avoid procrastination. Be proactive and tasks will not overwhelm.

When channel or internet surfing, be on guard. Do not go near water that you know is dangerous. That includes just getting your feet wet. Stay clear.

As I said, so simple in concept. One other thing to realize, your Achilles heel may not be mine, mine not yours.

“be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”: not so easy for some, including myself. Received a call from the local police the other day. No need to get into detail, my kid was in trouble. I have been a participant in this scenario several times as an observer, compliments of my big brother when we were kids. Now I was the dad, and God told me what to do and not do. Stay calm, go listen to the cops. Encourage my kid to be honest and hold him accountable. Listen also to my wife, who provides tapering sanity in situations like this. Kind of like Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. She is my first officer, gives me good advice. Whatever you do, don’t go into Sonny Corleone mode. As is always the case, God’s guidelines and Spirit were there and they helped.

Today’s verse gives us a recipe for handling any situation. The Lord gives us rules, tools and guidelines for living. He has always been there for me, has always been there to help; to make me strong and lift me up where I would otherwise be weak. If I, by choice, walk by His side, He will work it out. Spiritual maturity comes when we when we tap Him as opposed to letting our own flesh drive the train. The train stays on the tracks, disaster is averted.


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