FROM THE PULPIT: Be quick to listen, slow to speak

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 04:10 PM.

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and, while listening, found yourself suddenly filling with anger? It seems as though the other person said something that you found to be offensive, hurtful or untrue.

You reply with an angry response, letting the other person know just how uneducated or misinformed they are.

And the reaction of the other?

Often bewilderment and defensiveness.

If you are talking with someone, and something is said that doesn’t seem quite right and you feel your anger flash, check it out.

Repeat to the other person what you thought you heard and ask if that is what they said. There is a good chance you heard incorrectly, or the person used words that could carry different meanings.

In the Bible — specifically James 1:19-20 — we read a very important message: “You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”

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