Slow to Speak

So often we are seduced by the thought that the world applauds quick wit and fast replies.  There are two verses in the Bible that speak to the contrary.  James 1:19 states, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  Ephesians 4:29 reads, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

This is what is foremost in my thought today and I will diligently work about doing just this!

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Childlike versus Childish

This morning I was thinking of how Jesus loved little children and as I pondered this thought,  I realized it was the childlike receptivity of the Truth and innocence they expressed.  That is certainly not to be confused with “childishness”.  Age does not matter since we all can express that childlike outlook and expectancy of Good.  Mark 10:15 states ” Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”  What a wonderful quality to express!

Appearances Deceiving

Genesis 28:16 states “And Jacob awakes out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not.”    To the human scene, Jacob had been lying down with a rock as his pillow fast asleep but he was receiving angel messages from God.  Should we think of this when it is tempting to judge our brother?  Right there, right then, God could be talking to him.   Today,  I will listen to God rather than entertain thoughts of judgment.