“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (James 1:19-20)
We live in a day when people just seem unhappy, in an article that Forbes magazine wrote a few years ago they wrote why are “people so unhappy?” with the advances in science and technology people should be happier. Needless to say, the issue seems to be getting worse in that people from all ages are just becoming more and more unsatisfied or unhappy with life. This is evidenced by how we are so quick to become angry. I see it in the church and outside the church in that people are so quick to give people a piece of their mind whether in a written statement of a verbal attack. Many times, assuming the worst instead of giving people the benefit of the doubt or assuming good intent. In the book written by James the brother of Jesus in the bible he challenges the people of his time to put into action the teachings of Jesus and don’t just listen to the words. I like that James highlights the importance of listening and taking time to respond verses being reactionary when it comes to relationships with others. He challenges reader today to honor God by submitting their temper to God and honor God with their actions. A thought for today, image what would your life look like if you were less angry today? Imagine how you could honor God your creator by reacting less and loving others more today? Take time to reflect and allow God to change your heart today.