Ever get angry? I’m writing this for humans to read, so I’m going to assume your answer is an affirmative.
Ever get angry and react badly towards the people around you – ever say things rashly that hurt others and made circumstances that much worse? Again, humans, so I’m assuming, yes.
In the wake of those kinds of outbursts, when feelings are hurt and tensions are high, how does life feel? I mean, does it feel like the good life to you when misunderstandings are ruining relationships and you and others around you are reeling in pain? Speaking for myself, I don’t characterize those as “good times”.
It appears God has something else in mind for our lives. It will require discipline and a willingness to be humble – but it sounds like a good life to me. James gives us some practical steps for our journey toward the good life in God in the passage we’ll be reading this Sunday, James 1:19-21.
It’s just a few short verses in which James does not over-elaborate. “Listen up, shut up and calm down.” If Paul were writing this it would have taken three chapters.
Is it easy or hard for you to really listen to someone else, or gather all the facts before responding? Are you more prone to reacting from your emotions or is it easy for you to keep your cool? When you have been successful in listening in order to understand, have you found it made a difference in how things turned out?
V20 is profound to me. I feel like I need a tattoo of that somewhere on me…maybe my forehead. What do you believe James is saying in that verse?
V21 – how do you think the “implanted word” is “saving your soul”?
Just a few short verses that contain a lifetime of instructions for living. Should be fun to explore on Sunday. Hope to see you then!