Sometimes I just need to be reminded… Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20
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There are two things that impact me when I read this passage.
First, God does not leave us to figure things out on our own. I know it feels that way many times, but just look at this passage. Verse 24 says, “Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.” God is with us when we choose to keep God’s commandments- which John tells us what they are in this same passage.
What do you think? Do you see how God is with us? How does that encourage you? How do you know God is with you?
The second thing that impacts me is this: Because God is with me, I have a responsibility and ability to discern what is true and good and holy. When I am living in obediance to God’s commandments, then God helps me discover what is true. And I need to discover this. I need discernment.
What about you? Do you think it’s important to discern what is good, true, and holy? Why or why not? And then how do we help other people cultivate discernment? What does it take to sharpen our discernment skills? Or to sharpen those skills in our children? What do you think?
Have you ever felt really confused? I don’t like that feeling. When I read today’s passage I was left with the impression that John does not want anyone to be confused. Why? Because it is so important for us to know what we believe, why we believe it, and be able to discern all that is around us.
I think today, unlike any other time, we have so many voices around us trying to tell us what is truth and what to believe. We have hundreds of places during the day from which we hear- blogs, websites, news channels, radio shows, social networks. We take in a lot of information and it can cause massive confusion. But there is one voice which we need to work at hear over all the others. The Holy Spirit.
That is what John is getting at. Sure there is a lot going on around us- even from a lot of people we know and love. But the one voice that matters in the end is that of the Holy Spirit.
So how do you work and learn to listen to Him? How are you sharpening your listening skills? How do you test all other voices?