James 1:19

09.09.16 | Justin Dix |

Friday, September 9, 2016

The apostle James has something important to say about a Christ-follower's interaction with Scripture.

James 1:19  My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.  (NIV)

When I was in high school I remember reading this verse as an exhortation to listen more than I spoke -- not a bad idea!  But what the apostle James is talking about is being quick to hear the word of God being taught.  Is it hard to listen to the pastor teach?  Do you look forward to a Bible study with your small group?  Loving to discover the truths of the Bible is the sign of a healthy Christ-follower!

"Be slow to speak".  It's not about holding your tongue.  The context indicates it's about being slow to shoulder the responsibility of teaching the Bible.  It's not something to be done lightly, without proper preparation.  God will hold you accountable for your words!  "Slow to become angry" has reference to not being resentful of the truth of Scripture.  John MacArthur says, "Try talking to somebody about God's view of divorce when he wants to unload his wife and watch the reaction."  Not too surprising, when you remember the Bible says it's content is  profitable for "reproof and correction."  It's about making us more like Christ!








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