This Month's Promise

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved... ”

- (Joel 2:32)

Read: James 1: 19-21


“... Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1: 19)

James writes in his letter the qualities that should begin to bear fruit in the lives of those who have been saved by the power of the Word and have become new creatures in Christ Jesus. First is ‘quick to listen’. In terms of our daily walk we should seek as many opportunities as we possibly can to hear what the Scripture has to say to us. In other words, we should have a sincere desire to learn the Scripture and take hold of every opportunity to hear it taught to us. This is truly one of the most telling signs of a believer because he loves God’s Word and has a desire to hear and study it. The next trait that a Christian should have is, “slow to speak”. You cannot be a good listener and hear what another is saying if you are always quick to speak or always thinking about what you are going to say next. This is the barrier that causes many conversations to fall apart. We are so concerned with what we have to say that we never take time to really listen to what the other person has to say. In that regard, we need to be quick to hear and slow to speak. In a spiritual context, we cannot allow ourselves to interrupt and impose our own ideas when someone is trying to deliver God’s Word to us. And when we are delivering the Word of God, we are to be slow to speak because we are to make sure that every word we speak is truth and not simply something that we have come up with on our own. The next trait shown in this passage is, “slow to become angry”. We read in the Bible about righteous anger which was displayed by Jesus when He turned over the table of the money-changers in the temple. That is not the anger that is spoken of here. Instead it is an inward anger that is not a clearly visible in the life of a believer. It is an inner, deep resentment towards something. For the believer this is very dangerous kind of anger to have, as it is one that is rarely noticeable by others. But remember that nothing can be hidden from God. He sees our heart.

Dear friends, take inventory today and see if you have these traits, if not, search the Scriptures and pray to the Father that you would begin to exhibit these fruits in your life.

PRAYER: Lord, let me be quick to listen to the Word and eager to study it. Let me not interrupt when Biblical truth is expounded by others. Let me not harbor resentment in my heart against men who preach from the Bible something I do not agree, but let me be led by Your Spirit. Amen