“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of GOD.”James 1:19, 20 ~NKJV

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There are many scriptures that warn of the poison that can fall from the tongue and the damage that unguarded words or fiery tempers can produce. Then, there are other verses that advise us to listen to what is said, to hear what is spoken, and to guard our lips in what we say, because what we say can so often spark a fire that harms so many people.

In this passage James was writing to warn believers against self-deception—and in particular he was encouraging them to pay careful heed to the Word of GOD for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of GOD.

If our words and actions are to be seasoned with salt and honouring to our Father, we should especially be quick to hear the words of wisdom that comes from the Scriptures and to be wise in our response to GOD’s voice.

Sometimes we may not like what we hear and sometimes believers have been known to argue with GOD and become angry at His Word—but the wise man or woman will be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger, particularly in the things of the Lord.

Hearing is so very important to GOD. This verse, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” is found 16 times in the New Testament—8 times in the Gospels, and 8 times in Revelation.Salvation is attained by hearing the message of the cross!“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of GOD.”Romans 10:17


  1. Yes wise people are quick to hear and slow to speak or anger in the things of the Lord. Very well written Thank you for sharing


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