Your Faith Journey 38

Your Faith Journey  

Develop as a Disciple: Last week we looked at the words of wisdom from James using The Living Bible. This week we’re looking at those same words, but from the English Standard Version of the Bible as we think about what they mean in regard to how we interact with others. James wrote, “…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God…” (James 1:19-21 ESV).
 
Listening to Others: Are you intentional about listening to those closest to you, including family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors? Are you “quick to hear” what others are saying, or simply waiting to speak again as soon as they stop talking? Beyond the words that are spoken, notice the body language of those you are talking to as part of the feelings and full message they are sharing with you. Consider mirroring what others say as an active listener, but in your own words. For example, “What I hear you  saying is…” Perhaps you need to pray about your response before speaking, replying to the text message, social media post, email, voicemail, or comment. Prayer is especially important if you feel yourself getting angry. As James explained, “anger…does not produce the righteousness of God.”