Listening and doing

July 5th, 2014

The next section in James 1:19-27 NLT is titled, “Listening and doing”. Two very important truths jumped out at me today.

1. Being quick to listen

James 1:19 says, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry”.

Sometimes we have so much to say on a subject that we can be overcome with the desire to speak and be heard. At times it can be good and helpful, but at others we can overrun people and not hear what they think.

James warns us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. As someone once said, we have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we speak.

It is important to take the time to listen to others so they feel valued. It also allows us to hear fully and respond correctly when we do.

2. Don’t just listen to the Word

James 1:22 reminds us, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves”.

A few verses later James reminds us not just to listen, but to do something. This time he is talking about God’s Words in the Bible. We need to put it into practice, to live it out.

I love the analogy of looking in a mirror and then walking away forgetting what we see. It brings it home to me that I need to have action to my memory verses and they need to be lived out.

I don’t want to just fool myself thinking I am doing ok because I have a 123 verses memorised. I would rather know three and put them into practice to the best of my ability.

So today let us listen to people and hear what they are saying. And let us also listen to God’s Word and then put it into practice.

God Bless,
Dave