James 1:19-20 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight.
😓 <- yes this needed an emoji! That is exactly how I feel when I read these verses. Some honesty here…I can lose patience with the kids sometimes. I may not be the best listener all the time. Sometimes speak when I shouldn’t have. Yep laying it out there.
When I dug a little deeper I asked for forgiveness! if we talk too much and not listen we communicate to others that we think our idea is more important than theirs. (Ouch!) Make sure the people we communicate with know that their viewpoints and ideas do have value.
Anger is an emotion. It stems from evil in our hearts. This is the root cause. Examine your hearts in that anger moment. What is really causing me to be mad. It’s usually a flesh desire. Maybe you want to win the conversation. Maybe you wanted something the other has. Ask God to take that sin, evil, away and then fill it with Gods truth.
Being angry can injure others. It makes them think they did something wrong. So then they start second guessing themselves. Or maybe you will loose the connection with the person you are being angry with.
James 1:21 so get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls.
James 19-21 can set you free. If you do struggle with being quick to anger write these words on a sticky note and hang where you see them the most. Also read the story in Mark 4 about a sower. He plants seeds in different places. “But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold..” Mark 4:20.
Get rid of all that is wrong in your life. Ask God if there is any place that you don’t know that is wrong to make you aware and to forgive you. Humbly accept this message. It can save you!
I don’t know about you guys but if I am around people who don’t have God truly in their hearts, the ones that stem from evil things I am not in a good place. But when my circle is more God fearing ladies I begin to come out of the darkness and into the light. I just feel better. (This is not to say you shouldn’t be around the other people, I honestly think we should…post for a later time!)
I pray for you friend that today you are a little slower to speak and a little slower to get angry. Little at a time leads to big transformations! You’ve got this!! 💜