Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 13th, 2021
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
James 1:19 (NIV)
Quick and Slow
By mid-November, billions of rapid COVID-19 tests had arrived in Canada, but many jurisdictions were slow to roll them out. More than 3.8 million rapid tests for COVID-19 were, by then, in the hands of provincial health authorities. At the time most jurisdictions were still not sure whether they could fully trust the results, or figure out the best way to use them. In almost all cases, the rapid-test results were still being verified by also testing a patient with the lab-based version.
We have all met people with a quick temper. So often we feel like we are walking on egg shells around them, for fear of setting off their emotional dynamite. Their anger is usually based on something much deeper within them. It isn’t enough to deal with their visible anger – the root of the anger needs to be discovered and rooted out. The Lord Jesus is so good at doing this kind of work in our lives. That’s why the apostle James was able to write in 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.” There is good counsel here. Overcoming anger begins with a decision to not react emotionally. We must learn to be quick to listen, and not be quick to respond. Being slow to speak is not always easy – it means we need to set our emotions aside and not speak until we can express our opinion without anger. This is not possible until we ask the Lord to examine our hearts and root out that which causes us to respond emotionally. If you have an anger issue, ask the Lord for His help.
These have been words from the heart.