I can't believe it's already Wednesday! For myself, the first half of this week has flown by so quickly. All day Tuesday my wife and I traveled down to Carlinville, Illinois for my ordination service. It was a great time.
Today, we are going to look at a single verse in James.
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.
When I read James 1:19, I see a quick 3 point sermon or devotional that is very applicable to my own life. Although the word "pride" is not mentioned anywhere in this verse, it is often our arrogance that causes us to get angry and speak when we should be quiet. The way I see it, James 1:19 is all about pride and arrogance.
1. Quick to hear: this is all about remaining humble and teachable.
2. Slow to Speak: Often times we speak "out of turn" when our pride rises up.
3. Slow to anger: Anger often comes from a place of pride and arrogance (although, not always).
Think of how often scripture speak of the dangers of pride and arrogance! Here are just a few examples: https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-pride/
Isaiah 2:1212 The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled),
Isaiah 23:99 The LORD Almighty planned it, to bring down her pride in all her splendor and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.
James 4:6 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
James 4:1010 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Pride is devastating to our Christian character and causes us to act and think in ways that are displeasing to the Lord. Having the ability to remain teachable, soft-spoken, and not prone to anger will serve us well, without a doubt.