Here is where James takes off the gloves and gets down to really loving us:
James 1:19-21 says:
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (NIV)
“Everyone should be quick to listen” – boy, that pretty much eliminates most of us. Can you honestly admit that you are like this? There are a few beautiful people out there that are wonderful listeners. They are a rare bunch. But here He says that it should not be rare. Each and everyone of us is told that we should be more eager to listen with our TWO ears than to open our big mouths.
“Slow to speak” – I’ve met very few people who fell into this category. We are all so quick to open our mouths and give unsolicited advice, tell people what do to, give controversial opinions. God gave us two ears and only 1 mouth. Which do we usually use the most? Not the ears.
“Slow to become angry” – we are so guilty of this. How often we quickly blow our tops mainly on assumptions (which you know about assuming…..) or decide it is always the bad news so we might as well get mad now?
None of this brings glory to God. None of it gives Him honor.
How do we do this, then? James gives us the answer. “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” Take an inventory of your life and list out the moral filth that you have: adultery, drunkenness, slander, and so many others. Be honest with yourself. You cannot shock God. He already knows about them even the ones you cannot see. Now, we have to become humble. That is like asking for patience. Humility is something almost no one has, but everyone needs. Try a little humility today and refer to the Word which gives you so much direction in your life. Check our Proverbs. You cannot go wrong with all that good advice.