“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”
(James 1:19-21 NLT)
> STUDY NOTES <
– Sometimes we talk too much and listen very little, communicating to others that we think our ideas/thoughts are more important than theirs (mostly SN)
– Selfish anger never helps anybody (SN)
> QUESTION <
1) Do you take time to really listen to others? Do you really take an interest in what they have to say?
2) What kind of things are you quick to get angry about, that you should maybe become slower to get angry about?
3) Are you one that enjoys talking?
> MY THOUGHTS <
I have prayed before to become a better listener in college, and the next day I woke up not being able to hear out of one ear. Answered prayer, and I was forced to really look at the person talking to me and pay close attention to what they were saying. It usually happens that way, where I pray expecting one thing and God delivers it packaged in a different way.
I tend to have lots of selfish anger within me, something that I continually try to work on. I pray that someday I can get rid of this selfish anger and unjustifiable anger once and for all, but for now I’m stuck with it.
I am a talkative one, most times I just like to talk to talk, with no real purpose in my talking. I guess I just like the sound of my own voice at times and I get carried away. I’m actually shy, so I don’t know why I enjoy talking so much, but I do.