Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. (James 1:19-20)
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
Relate: I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but the American public is engaged in a social media civil war. We have lost our ever loving minds over this election. I have seen some pretty angry posts and responses circulating.
We have been hesitant to listen, quick to speak, and hyper speed to get angry. I’d even venture to say some of us have lost control in our comments to one another.
I am not someone who gets particularly angry frequently. However, just the other day I had been fairly quick to take offense to something someone had said about religion and Biblical discussion. I had been misunderstood, and my words were attacked. I was angry because the negative words came from someone I trust.
I was somewhat careful with the language I used, but I was not slow to respond….nor was I particularly interested in being quick to listen to further input from that individual for a few hours.
So, when I was doing my devotions this morning, I felt a pretty good sting. It was the sting of conviction.