An Important Verse James 1: But we must remember what God says in Philippians 2:
Know this, my beloved brothers: A fellow believer confronting you or disagreeing on a point of doctrine, or expressing an opinion on how to educate children, or any number of issues. This verse addresses conflicts of every kind: It applies to conflicts with unbelievers as well.
No need to keep on detailing your struggle. Have you ever solved a problem in your marriage by being the dominant voice? Has it ever been effective when you immediately fire back when your someone corrects you? What about in a meeting at work?
Does it make people more productive when you shoot down all their ideas? There is beauty and power in being slow to speak. In other words, when we wait to respond to someone, it gives the Spirit time to prompt us on what to say.
So what does it mean to be quick to hear and slow to speak?
To be quick to hear and slow to speak means having both humility and respect for others. It means you take the necessary time to listen to people instead of just speaking your opinion. Here are a few ways to apply this verse. We hold our thoughts and give them time to finish.
It means we try to be slow to share our opinion or thoughts on a matter and wait until the other person has had plenty of time to share their thoughts. Frankly, this should be common sense.
Some people find it very hard to disagree with, contradict or share a different perspective with others. Sometimes this is due to their personality. Or they have had bad experiences with spiritual abuse.
Over the years many people told me they were fearful of talking to me because I was a pastor. So I wanted to try to do all I could to make it easy for people to bring things to me, even if it was something I need to be addressed on.
It is so easy to take things personally. Most of the time this is simply due to our pride. This is not someone being disloyal to us.
At times like this, we really need to pray for the fruit of the Spirit — for patience, love, and grace not to respond in kind. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to be slow to speak and quick to listen.
A humble person can learn from anyone. Like us, they too are a temple of the Holy Spiritbeing led and guided by God himself. In order to grow in our relationship with God, we need to benefit from those gifts and insights. Only God has the perfect perspective on all issues.
Only God understands every issue completely. Only God understands his Word absolutely perfectly. Our perspective may be right but it could also be wrong or imperfect. We consider that we may really need to hear the other person. Even if we learn how we might help someone.
To gain a fuller knowledge of what it means to be a Christian. Remember how David asked God to send brothers to rebuke him? David considered that a blessing. Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it.
We forget that James says that anger does not bring about the life God requires. However, when we believe that only God can open their eyes to see your perspective, it allows us to speak with gentleness. If God really wants someone to see something he can make it happen.
We can share our perspective, then leave it up to the Lord to show them our side.But if you, like me, tend to be slow to hear, quick to speak, and quick to impatience, come and exhort yourself with me.
Listen. A quickness to listen is a mark of humility, something I do when I consider someone else more significant than myself (Philippians ). “Quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” James 1 19, 20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
So today, let’s be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” Steph Nickel Read and hear more from Steph Nickel on the contributor’s page or at Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests.
#3 – Quick to listen and slow to speak means we are not offended when someone disagrees with us or corrects us This one can be really hard when it comes to being quick to listen and slow to speak.
It is so easy to take things personally. Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.