Hearing and Doing the Word
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear,slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word,which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
I don’t believe there is any interpretation needed for this passage. Just read it and then follow it! Verse 25 stands out vividly and I found it underlined in all my bibles (KJV, NKJV, ESV, & AMP) as I was studying this passage. Get your life in line with what you believe is an appropriate statement and a great reminder to those of us who have become simple hearers with no doing. God’s order is showing up in this passage again for me and He’s saying if you follow it your life will be forever blessed.
- Be swift to hear-this takes a deliberate and willing act to simply BE STILL and listen. He will direct your path if you trust His process.
- Be slow to speak– when God is speaking why do you need to talk? I hear the Lord saying, “But God nothing”…LOL! I have on a number of occasions heard the Lord give directions and I come behind Him with a “but”. I don’t know about you, but this order is challenging me today!
- Be slow to wrath-trials help to root out and identify imperfections in our lives. Don’t let the affliction drive you to yield to temptation or to be angry at God and the process. Take authority over your emotions and trust the process.
Reading James 1 and delving into it verse by verse has been important for my understanding. The chapter is so simple to read but loaded with a wealth of spiritual information. What a great chapter to read to be reminded of a plethora of divine directives. These daily devotions are blessing my spirit and opening my heart to see God’s word and my relationship with Him in a greater light. Speak Lord!