June 14, 2020

What Does It Mean That We Should Be Quick to Listen and Slow to Speak? | James 1:19-20

What Does It Mean That We Should Be Quick to Listen and Slow to Speak? | James 1:19-20

How many times have you heard that God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason? 

I always thought that meant that we were supposed to be quiet and listen when others talked. While that's a good motto to live by, James 1:19-20 tells us exactly what it means to be "quick to listen." Hint: It's probably not what you think! 

In only 2-minutes you will learn:

  • What it means to be “quick to listen” (this scripture has been taken out of context many times)
  • Why we need to be “slow to speak” and what that looks like
  • What does God say about anger?

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Hey Welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

Have you ever heard someone say that God made you with two ears and only one mouth for a reason? Well, today’s verse is going to give us a pretty good reason why. 

In the book of James, we have been exploring the truth that God sends us trials to test and mature us spiritually. James tells us ask God for wisdom as we persevere through these trials. The ultimate source of wisdom is God’s Word, and that is James’ focus throughout his letter.   

Which brings us to our verses today in James 1:19-20 in the NIV, “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.”

When this letter was written, the people did not own Bibles. The only Bible available was located in their local synagogue. So, they had to listen to the word being read. For us today, we should be quick to study God’s Word. We should be quick to consult our Bible. 

But even though we know this Truth, when we face these seemingly impossible trials, James knows that our human reaction is to blame God or the devil or even others and then we might we might question what in the world He’s doing. 

Which then causes us to become angry and, therefore, James tells us to be slow to anger.

Why? Because James says human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Anger will not solve our trials. 

So, what is? 

  1. First, remember the Truth that you have learned during the study of James, that trials can be used by God to strengthen you. 
  2. Secondly, during those trials, be quick to consult God’s Word for wisdom. 
  3. And third, be slow to speak and slow to anger. 

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