James 1:19-20 NIV 2011
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 righteousness that God desires.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James became a leader of the Jerusalem church. Jesus’ appearance after His resurrection changed James from a nonbeliever to a believer. 1 Corinthians 15:7, “Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.” James continually emphasized living godly lives shining Jesus’ Light. The faithful’s actions needed to reflect their words. This allowed others to observe sinners saved by Jesus. Keeping a reign on their tongue and thoughts, God would be glorified. Being doers of the Word involved continual submission to the Lord and follow Him. God provides understanding to those who humbly submit themselves to Him.
God’s Word is clear. Do what it says. I recall as my girls were growing up sometimes they just wanted me to listen as they shared what was going on in their lives. Listening is key to any good relationship. Wanting to be heard is basically all anyone really wants. God wants me to listen to Him daily. As the business of the holidays approach, I need to concentrate on the reason for the season and be still. Spending time with Him in humble submission, I receive godly understanding.
What is God asking of us today?
Humbly submitting to Him,