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Thursday, June 14, 2018

James 1:19

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
James 1:19

How do you react when trials come your way? James gives us a few qualities that are needed during trials. First, we must be quick to listen. James would have us take a step back, relax, and listen or get a real sense of what is going on. Second, be slow to speak. In our rage and anger and frustration, we want everyone to know what is going on. This often times leads to the wrong words coming out and the result is that we end up causing more harm than good. Proverbs 13:3 says, "He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction." Then finally, be slow to wrath, or not easily moved to anger. Rather than lashing out in our anger or respond with vengeance during a trial, we are to have our anger under control.

If we are to live righteous and godly lives dedicated to God, we can begin to see why these qualities are needed during trials. James 1:20 says, "For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." We are to walk in righteousness and love God even during the trials. Our anger and temper do not produce the righteousness of God. So, how do you react when trials come your way? James would have us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.

Joshua Navarro



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