Keeping Our Big Mouth Shut
James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
A lot of times, I want to do the exact opposite of this verse from James. I want to be slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to get angry. Human nature is such that when someone hurts or wrongs us. Our first response is to pay them back. There is no way we are going to allow someone to get the better of us. Truth is God desires us to do the exact opposite. Jesus challenged us to turn the other cheek and repay hate with love. This does not mean we have to be a doormat and let everyone walk all over us, simply that the love of Christ should be our first response in any situation instead of an afterthought.
When God created us, he gave us each 2 eyes, 2 ears and 1 mouth. To me it means we should watch and listen twice as much as we speak. Someone gave me that advice a long time ago and it has kept me out of a lot of trouble. When we listen first and we don’t respond in anger or shoot our mouth off it helps defuse problems and bad situations. We don’t end up saying or doing something that we later regret. Think about it, how many times have each of us wished we could take back something we said or did? We’ve all had those moments, where human anger got the better of us.
To borrow some advice I received.
Before you speak, THINK!
T – is it True?
H – is it Helpful?
I – is it Inspiring?
N – is it Necessary
K – is it Kind?
Today, make a decision to follow James 1:19-20. Become a person who is quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Respond in the love and compassion of Christ to both your friends and your perceived enemies. Allow God to be your defender and live a life for Him that shines in the darkness of this world.