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Be Quick and Slow

November 21, 2014 by  
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Quick to hear: As Christians, we need to be willing to listen to people when they have burdens to unload and we should give them our undivided attention. Sometimes people just want someone who will listen.

Slow to speak: We should really think about what is being said and try to offer sincere and encouraging words. When someone is having difficulties, cliches and pat answers usually won’t help much. Sometimes, we won’t have the right words and that’s okay. When Jobs friends visited him in his time of suffering; they weep with him and sat silent for seven days (Job 2:11-13).  Our presence can be more comforting than words.

Slow to anger: There will be times when we listen to people and will be quickly angered by their words. The anger might be directed at them or someone else, but we must remember that  “human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires” James 1:20).  Again, we need to think and even pray while we are angry. It may be that we are perfectly just in our anger, but we must not let it spur us to inappropriate judgement or rash actions.  To be angry is not necessarily to be in sin, but what we do with that anger makes the difference.

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly (Prov. 14:29).

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