…humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. (James 1:21)


It doesn’t matter if you are quick tempered, or one of those people who never seems to lose their cool, in the heat of the moment, it can be nigh on impossible to override your emotional response if you have been provoked to anger. Also, holding one’s tongue and really listening can be extremely difficult at times of high tension. But there is no doubt in most people’s minds that resisting anger, listening more and speaking only when necessary, are all good ways to minimise confrontation and conflict. I have been struggling with the challenges of living life by these christian values after a long time living in ignorance of them. The habits of a lifetime are hard to break but not, I have found, impossible. The more I have read God’s holy Word in the scriptures, the more I have discovered about the wrong I have been doing all my life. Sometimes, the scale of my sins has seemed overwhelming. But, in the scriptures, I have heard the voice of The Lord himself, speaking to me, encouraging me and educating me in the power of his ways. I have learned first hand, that when you listen to the word, when you hear it and try to obey it, and then keep on listening so as never to forget what you have heard, then you will be truly blessed by God.


James 1:19-25 NLT

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.


When you humbly seek God’s word and let it take root in your heart, all your attitudes will be changed and so will the bad habits of your former life. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. If you are serious about getting into God’s word and you make a start, God will see your desire for him and he will help you in ways you can’t yet imagine. You will begin to hear his voice as you read the bible. It will change you for the better sooner than you would think and you will be able to change habits you thought you’d be stuck with for the rest of your life. As I pointed out only yesterday, James has already said in only verse five of his epistle, God will not rebuke you for asking him to give you the wisdom to understand and find him. On the contrary, he will seek you out and actively help you. The more you read of God in the Bible and the deeper you look, the more God will come and find you.

Today’s readings:

Ezekiel 37:1-38:23, James 1:19-2:17, Psalms 117:1-2, Proverbs 28:1


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