Summary: We should not only know what we believe but how to behave.
TOPIC: ACCURATE LIFE (PART 1)
(4th of a Series in the Book of James – A Life That Make a Difference Series)
Text: James 1:19-21
“19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”
There is so much now in our world of inaccuracy and this inaccuracy comes from not being submissive to God and His Word, and as Christians we need to be aware why this things happen and how do we manifest an accurate life? James in chapter 1 verses 19-21 was talking to the brethren, not to the unbeliever. And he is giving them an important thing to take note, to ponder about the way their ways and walk. From this verse we can also see that God desires a righteous life from us. And what do we need to do to show it in this very inaccurate world? Gusto ko ang pagkakagamit sa Magandang Balita Bibliya sa unang bahagi ng mga talatang ito, “matuto kayong…” it means that we need to intentionally do it, learn it in God’s way. For our nature is not this. We have a “snake” anointing nature, that we at once do things without first of understanding everything. An accurate life should manifest in our:
1.) WAYS – “Everyone should…”
a. Our ways of thinking – “Quick (ready, all ear, wide) to listen…” It refers to our way of listening to God’s word, which sometimes like what happen to Jonah that he is quick to speak rather than quick to listen to what the Lord is saying. It is our duty rather to hear God’s word, and apply our minds to understand it, than to speak according to our own fancies or the opinions of men, and to run into heat and passion thereupon Understanding everything, hearing everything from God. Not just hearing it from another, or just knowing it without real facts. Our mind is the door to our action. Our way of thinking affects our way of action. Our ways of thinking determine our actions.
b. Our ways of talking – “Slow to speak…” That is, primarily, to hear God; to listen to the instructions of that truth by which we have been begotten, and brought into so near relation to him. Instead of censuring (criticize, show disapproval) God under our trials, let us open our ears and hearts to hear what he will say to us. At the same time, though this is the primary sense of the phrase here, it may be regarded as inculcating the general doctrine that we are to be more ready to hear than to speak; or that we are to be disposed to learn always, and from any source. Our appropriate condition is rather that of learners than instructors; and the attitude of mind which we should cultivate is that of a readiness to receive information from any quarter. (ILL. “Men have two ears, and but one tongue, that they should hear more than they speak.” “The ears are always open, ever ready to receive instruction; but the tongue is surrounded with a double row of teeth, to hedge it in, and to keep it within proper bounds.”) “Talk little and work much.” Proverbs 10:19, “The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet.” (GNB) Proverbs13:3, “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life.” Proverbs 15:2, “The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright, but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”