Scripture: James 1:19-21 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 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.
Proverbs 29:11 Fools give full vent to their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
Devotional: In this passage, James uses one quick and two slows. Quick to listen. Slow to speak. Slow to become angry. There seems to be an inference here that our mouth can get us in trouble. That’s a mild understatement.
He goes on to say that human anger doesn’t produce what God desires and encourages us to get rid of the stuff, and instead cling to God’s word which can save you.
Granted, we all get angry from time to time. But it’s what you do with that anger that puts you into the fool or wise category as expressed in Proverbs 29:11. Ultimately God calls you as a follower of Jesus Christ to get rid of the grime of anger in your life. And the remedy? The Word of God planted in you. Remember the words of Psalm 119:11: “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” If you struggle with anger or an overactive mouth, consider memorizing these two passages and repeat them daily for the next 30 days.
- Proverbs 29:11 gives some great insight into where we lie on the fool/wise spectrum. Fools give full vent, but the wise hold back. Where would you rate yourself on this spectrum?
- How are your relationships impacted by the amount that you speak, listen, or get angry?
- What are some behaviors you might observe when talking to others that indicate that you are talking too much? What will you do if you notice this happening?
- What are some ways you can be a good listener? Which of these will you do starting today?