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Listen Up | Bayli Webb 

Listen Up | Bayli Webb

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accepts the word planted in you, which can save you.“ James 1:19-21

When we talk too much and listen too little, it can come off to others that we think our ideas are much more important than theirs or we don’t value their ideas as much as our own. James is saying here to flip the situation in verse 19, try and be aware of how much talking and listening you are doing in your conversations. Adding in verse 20, these verses speak of anger that is self centered and our egos getting in the way but when injustice and sin occur, this is when we should become angry because others are being hurt. We should not become angry when we feel offended or fail to win an argument. Little reminder selfish anger never helps anybody. Continuing in verse 21, James advises us to get rid of all that is wrong in our lives and “humbly accept” the salvation message we have received (“the word planted in you”) because it alone can save us. “The word planted in you” I just want to hangout here for a minute because wow….!! it was implanted, it took root, it is at work in you (Hebrews 4:12), it abides in you (1 John 2:14), it is in us and part of us. This is completely amazing. Let this take a grip on you! Verse 21 says that this implanted word “is able to save your souls.” Don’t overlook the power of the word of God! John Piper stats “It gives life and in giving life, it makes you breathe, and in breathing you receive oxygen. No one says: “I have oxygen; look how well it is working in me; it makes me alive; I don’t need to receive oxygen.” So looking back I encourage you to be quick to listen and dump those selfish thoughts, obeying what the word of God says and don’t underestimate the power of the word of God!

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