SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 05/13/15- “Attention Everyone! Listen Up!”
Premise Question: Is there a practical reason, purpose and benefit for us, beyond physiology, (tongue in cheek) that we’ve been given two ears to hear and only one mouth to speak?
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. (James 1:19-20 NLT)
Listen up! I want you to pay very close attention to what I’m saying to you, my dearly loved kinfolk of the fellowship of The Company of The Redeemed. We must all be fully aware and put on ready alert to respond appropriately to every situation and circumstance that may challenge or confront us, in life. Everyone’s first response should always be, to immediately have a keen listening ear; secondly, we are to have a mouth that will be measured, with a fair amount of serious thought before ever attempting to elucidate; and finally, be extremely deliberate, in exhibiting great patience, by slowing the pace before becoming angry, because in our humanity, our acting out, in anger, will never begin to accomplish any good thing, as it relates to fulfilling God’s righteous purpose for us or anyone else, for that matter!
(James 1:19-20 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Most of us have heard the old adage about the reason and purpose we’ve been given two ears and only one mouth. It’s actually very wise and quite prudent, being excellently good to adopt and put into practice, in our daily lives, as we should always be ready to listen, learn and hold our tongues and thoughts, with contemplation, before we ever begin or attempt to respond with words that may not have been very well thought out and perhaps are coming forth and up out of one’s anger or a knee jerk reaction, rather than calmly waiting and organizing our thoughts and words for a well measured and appropriate response. Papa God’s Word tells us that if we are not quick to listen, and too quick to answer, perhaps because of our anger, before we have all the information necessary to give an appropriate response, then we will be labeled a fool. (Ecclesiastes 7:9, Proverbs 14:29, 29:11) For there are always two sides, or more, to every story or matter, so don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions. (Proverbs 18:17) We should never allow our anger to stew and grow in us, as it will eventually begin to control us, and if we do not confront and address it, by ridding ourselves of it, then the enemy of our souls will be able to establish a foothold in our lives and wreak havoc through the resulting bitterness, anger and malicious hate that will proliferate, as a direct result of not dealing with it, in Papa God’s prescribed manner, in our lives. (Ephesians 4:26-27, 31, Colossians 3:8) Lets all determine to be quick to listen, slow to speak and very slow to become angry. Blessings…
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