“My dear brothers (and sisters), take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” – James 1:19

We are to pay attention and keep in mind that we are to be ever ready to listen, slow to speak (waiting first to hear God’s heart in the matter), and slow to become angry; for our actions done in anger are not in line with the life the Lord longs for us to live in Him.

“In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” – Psalm 4:4

It is in silence and stillness that we are most seasoned to hear His Spirit speak to our hearts.  When chaos runs rampant and we do not slow down in silence, we become deaf to the wisdom and warnings of His word.  As we are intentional to sit in silence before Him, our Savior will show us the space where anger or hurts are getting in our way.  When we allow Him to reign as we remain silent, He is swift to speak the words our hearts need to hear, so that we, in turn, are able to speak soundly; free from anger and regret.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are ever faithful to speak to our hearts when we are intentional to slow down and listen.  Forgive us Father, for the things spoken or acted out in anger, when we should have stayed silent.  Lead us Lord to listen and learn, so that our words will be full of wisdom that lead others to the life everlasting.  Teach us Lord I pray, that we may be Your instruments that sing sweetly of Your insight and instruction, so that others may be inspired to seek You alone.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present