Summary: To show the importance of listening and speaking
Title: Swift to hear, slow to speak
Theme: To show the importance of listening and speaking
Text: James 1:19-20
¶ Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20 AV)
It seems to be that James throughout his book is talking about the balance between faith and works. Back and forth it swings. One just depending on faith and the other just on works. James seems to have written this who book on this swing.
But one of the greatest points that he makes is the fact that the true showing of faith is shown from how one controls his/her mouth. The mouth must have been a major problem in James’ church. It must have been almost uncontrollable. This is the reason that in every chapter there seems to be some reference to the mouth. Either in speaking or in prayer or something there is the purpose of it. I believe As James speaks in chapter 3 he is trying to get us to understand if we can control the tongue then we have mastered one of the greatest monsters ever to be tamed.
Here he gives us some advice in control. In conjunction with the book of Proverbs I would like to look at this verse and see what we can learn about control.
I. Stop talking and start listening
¶ Wherefore, my beloved brethren, (since you understand the above then “take note of this my beloved brethren”) let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: (James 1:19 AV)
¶ He that answereth a matter before he heareth (listening) it, it is (his) folly and (his) shame unto him. (Proverbs 18:13 AV)
It is important that in this society that we become listener. People have something to say and want to be heard. All some people need is a shoulder to lean on. If we are doing all the talking and none of the listening then many times we are not being heard because people tune us out.
Talking too much can also get us in trouble
¶ In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19 AV)
It is said that God has given us two ears and one mouth so we should do twice as much listening as we do speaking.
Love is shown in listening not in always having a word to say.
Sometimes it is a folly to interrupt.
¶ He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. (Proverbs 18:13 AV)
To answer or even to be preparing to answer a person while listening can truly lose the line of communication. Sometimes when I am in conversation I get frustrated because they do not understand what I am trying to say. The reason is because most of the time they are preparing their next words while I am talking to them.
II. Think before you speak
¶ A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (Proverbs 15:23 AV)
¶ The heart of the righteous studieth (weighs its) to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth (gushes) out evil things. (Proverbs 15:28 AV)
¶ Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. (Proverbs 29:20 AV)