Daily Bible Reading – 10.11.2021

Rev. Doug Heiman   -  

James 1:19, My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

We continue with the same Scripture as last week but move on to the second command. “Everyone should be slow to speak.”

We have more avenues than ever to communicate so, if we desire, we can speak many words quickly to a large number of people. So, this instruction not only pertains to our verbal conversations but, also, to texting and all forms of social media.

Healthy communication listens more and talks less. It hears what others have to say before jumping in too quickly to express our thoughts, feelings, and opinions. However, this verse does not tell us not to speak. Good communication requires appropriate give and take in conversation. So, what does it mean to be slow to speak?

We should think before we speak so that our words and manner come across appropriately. When we are frustrated or angry, we want to filter out as much emotion before responding. We choose to speak in a way that helps the conversation move along in a positive manner to create unity rather than division.

If we are quick to speak, we may appear to “know it” all. Many words spoken quickly may indicate pride and an attempt to control others. Several verses in Proverbs caution us:

Proverbs 12:18, The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 16:21, The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:24, Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 17:27, The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

Proverbs 20:19, A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.

Question to Consider:
In what situations do you struggle the most with talking too quickly or too much?

Weekly Memory Verse:
James 4:15, Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”