Quick To Listen, Slow To Speak, Slow To Get Angry

Today : Quick To Listen, Slow To Speak, Slow To Get Angry

“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.” James 1:19-20 (NLT)

Quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to get angry. How different would our life be if we would follow this simple advice? How more effective would we be in our job, ministry or dealing with those in our family? What opportunities to heal and bless others would be ours if we would submit to this behavior code? Today, we can make a choice. Choose to listen. Choose to think before we speak. Choose to pray before we act out our anger. With God, all things are possible.

Dear Heavenly Father, I ask for Your help this day to watch my tongue and emotions. Help me to really listen to others. Help me to be careful before I speak and help me control my temper. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so I can be more like Your son Jesus.  

I am quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry
Close your eyes. Picture yourself going about your different activities. See yourself interacting with others in a kind and peaceful way. Feel yourself behaving with self control. Feel what it feels to really listen to others at the same time waiting to speak. See yourself being patient, not easily bothered, choosing to trust God rather than act out in anger toward others.  As you visualize this, ask God to let this become more and more a reality in your life.