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Jim Class Day 8

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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. 

 Reflect:

  • 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?

Jim Class- Day 7

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Scriptures: 1 Peter 4:12-13 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

 Philippians 3:10 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings ,becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

 Devotional: When you find yourself struggling with pain in your life, be reminded that it is an opportunity to draw near to Christ. Audrey Assad says: “When we avoid suffering, either our own or that of another, we are actually avoiding Christ.” 

 As today’s passages suggest,suffering can bring us into greater intimacy with Christ who suffered on our behalf.  There’s a glory awaiting us beyond this life as we suffer with Him.  Whether it’s experiencing your own pain, or walking with another who is in distress, consider the privilege it is to be near your precious Savior, the One who gave himself wholly for you.

 Reflect:

  • What would it look like for you to embrace suffering and pain, that you may experience a more intimate relationship with Jesus who suffered for you?
  • Pray for the strength to lean into your trials and the trials of others that you may draw nearer to Christ.

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