My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Instead, we are all quick to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, quick to express an opinion, and quick to go off and give someone a piece of our mind. Society has become more interruptive, more intolerant, and more disrespectful as a result. Not only is James advocating great spiritual wisdom in this passage, he is also simply directing us towards good manners.
God’s way really does always make everything better. Even adhering to His process of communication here makes for a well-mannered society regardless of the spiritual concerns. However, listening is how we become wise, speaking is how we impart wisdom, and anger rightly placed offers correction that can save a soul.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. (Proverbs 19:20)
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (Ephesians 4:29)
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. (Mark 10:14-16)
Thank you for always teaching us the BEST way. Your instructions for communications are what is best for our hearts as well as for those whom with we communicate. And most of all, I want to be a good listener to YOU, communicate wisdom with love to others, and not be arbitrarily defense, but consistently and boldly be a defender of Truth. I love you and thank you for teaching and equipping me, and I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.