Vs 19: Therefore, my beloved, let every man be swift to HEAR, slow to SPEAK, slow to WRATH.
Ouch! If you are anything like me reality is: quick to speak, quick to anger, slow or too late to listen! Not good, Tracy, not good!
I read somewhere recently, "If you take the time to 'listen' you may actually learn something that you either did not know or something new about the person you're listening to!" (keep in mind - I am not talking about "listening" to slander!)
Vs 20: For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God!
Double ouch! When I lose my temper I do not bring righteousness to God in any way, shape, or form! And I damage my testimony! If I hold my tongue, God will work in the situation and my behaviour would bring Him glory, and not shame to His name!
Vs 23-24: For anyone is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
By being doers of the word we are showing ourselves and God that we are adhering to, listening and absorbing His word which in turn, turns to action in visiting orphans and widows, etc, and keeping ourselves from being tainted by the world (vs 27). In other words, our faith in hearing God's word - turns us into 'doers'of His word - Faith in Action. And we don't forget His word the minute we close our bibles!
My encouragement to you is to stick close to His word. It will guide and protect you, yes, but also teach you and show you how to use what you learn in faith to be a blessing in His name for others.
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