19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:19-21
Being quick to listen- anyone out there struggle with this one? I know I always like to be the first one to speak... I get caught "assuming" where things were going in the conversation but not truly listening.
Slow to speak- as you can tell from the one above i have trouble with that.
Slow to become angry- this one it really depends. I try really hard not to become angry with people.
(obviously this doesnt mean we just dont speak to anyone anymore)
Anyway, my point is... This is something I need to do because "anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires".
Now how do we come to be "quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry"???
By letting the Holy Spirit work through us.... We have to focus on God and who he is and realize, that its Him who is going to make you be able to do those things or anything that he has told you to do. Without Him... we are nothing and cannot please Him.
So.... Don't try to do this on your own.... Focus on God and His word.... He is the one who will teach you to obey His will.
Pretty much I am saying let go, and let GOD!
If you are struggling to DO anything that you think is right, then focus on God. With Jesus, all things are possible. But only WITH Him.
"And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." Colossians 3:17
Have a good weekend!!!