It seems that media and social media showcase the reactions that we have to events and to each other. Various platforms allow for the sharing of ideas, but can also be areas that are filled with anger and vitriol. Whether we are posting on social media or replying in person, we need to take time to hear and think before we act!
God has standards. He wants us to live up to these standards and to share His Word with others. However, we cannot be effective in growing God's Kingdom if we continually act or react out of anger. James provides an outline for our actions. He suggests that we be quick to hear. We need to truly listen so we can hear what others are saying. We can then be slow to speak, taking time to think about what we have heard. Finally, James says to be slow to anger so we do not interfere with the love God intends to show. Beginning by taking time to listen and hear can help us respond without anger and with God's love!
Take time to listen and hear so you don't lose sight of acting in God's love!
Thank You for Your love and for always listening. Help me to listen and then to respond with Your love and compassion. Through Jesus I pray, amen.