James 1:19-20 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
This is a verse i'm sure we could all put into practice more. That goes double for myself. People who know me personally need no explanation of why that is. But for those of you who don't, I'll elaborate a little.
I was on a debate team in middle school. I love shows like Law and Order, ect. I love the History Channel. I've always been one who craved knowledge and understanding and have always felt the need to share what I know (or presume to know) with others. (Some of you may see where i'm going with this) I might even roll myself under the bus here and say that I enjoy a good arguement or, rather, debate.
I realize some people can't stand these qualities. But, trust me, since I've rededicated my life to Christ, I've come a long way in toning that down. I contribute that solely to having Jesus living inside me. I came to realize that being right, or more knowledgeable than the next person wasn't getting me anywhere in the goal of witnessing and winning people over for Christ!
People who aren't saved, and even those who are, want someone to listen to them. To hear them, what they think, and how they feel. It's one of the best most easy way to make someone feel loved and cared for. To simply listen. Which, you can't listen if you don't stop talking.
The anger part here is self explanatory and a fairly simple concept. However, it's often one of the hardest parts of our flesh to bring into submission; our temper. But the verse says it; our anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. And when you think about it, being angry is kind of stupid. Does it change the circumstance? No. Does it make you feel better? No, and probably worse as a matter of fact.
Have you ever gotten really angry in the midst of something and let your anger take over. Later, you've calmed down, and realized it's not as bad as it seemed. But now you feel terrible and foolish for acting in anger? Well if you were slow to anger, you'd have more time to assess the issue and a clearer mind to think on it.
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