Proper 17/Ordinary 22 – James 1:19-20

From James 1:19-20 – You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.

I was reminded of that wisdom of Thomas Jefferson that goes something like this: ‘When angry count to ten before you speak. When very angry, a hundred.’ But this scripture also holds up the importance of being a good listener. Listen more. Talk less. Be patient with one another.

Prayer:

Gracious God, help us be better listeners so that we might better hear what is actually being said. AMEN.

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2 Responses to “Proper 17/Ordinary 22 – James 1:19-20”


  1. 1 Jim Thornber August 25, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Perhaps this is why God gave us twice as many ears as He did a tongue?

    Blessings,

    Jim


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