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Be still! | Marisa Tomlinson
S~ 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. James 1:19-20 (NIV)
O~ Getting angry about something doesn’t solve anything. When listening to someone, I need to listen to understand- not just respond. I need to be slow to speak.
A~ God knows how to speak into situations, doesn’t he? There was a situation at work today that frustrated me. That frustration consumed my mind and distracted me from doing my best at work. Instead of praying about it, I spoke to a close friend about it. That just fueled my frustration! My frustration and anger are not what God wants from me or for me. When difficult situations arise, I need to LISTEN to those speaking before my mouth opens in response. I need to seek His wisdom so that I am not responding from raw feeling. All too often I do exactly the opposite- I interrupt in order to speak my mind! Not how a Christian should behave.
P~ Father, forgive me for not being slow to speak. Help me hold my tongue and listen to understand. I want to reflect Your grace. I want to bring people to You, not push them away. Settle my heart when trials arise and call me to Your side. Thank you for loving me. Amen.
Sermon | Scott Beckenhauer
My church is doing a really great series from this portion of James. This sermon is very much worth the time to listen to and reflect on!
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