Know this, my beloved brothers: 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. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:19-21
Life moves fast.
Ever been through a parking lot when you hit an unexpected speed bump? When something comes up to force your attention to the pace in which you are traveling, it can come as a shock. Notice how James addresses his audience as “dear brothers.” He is pleading with his reader’s something of great importance. What he is saying to do is not a natural or ordinary way of acting, but it is the way that leads to great benefit. He is also careful to include everyone, meaning there is not one among those who follow Jesus that this does not apply to. Be fast to do what brings life and slow to do that which kills the soul.
Every man can remember a time when he was quickly engaged verbally or emotionally. It could be a classic case of road rage or a difficult family situation. The Word of God is a necessary speed bump in life, reminding us that real production and real life do not come from following our first reaction. Quickly jumping to understanding, through hearing, is productive. It is a direction traveled towards living rightly with God, and something never regretted. Implant the Word in your life this week as a reminder to be slow to some things and fast towards others.