Harsh title, right?
Boy oh boy do we mess this one up though. I can’t even begin to enumerate the number of times I forget to shut up and listen. On top of that, I like to let my anger rise at the drop of a hat. How often have you let your anger rise at the jolly fellow in the car in front of you doing 20 miles under the speed limit, until you get to the passing zone where he does 20 miles over? Why is that? What is it in us that makes us this way? Why do we find so much ease is letting this wrath we have escape us? Why do we have so much trouble listening, and such an easy time flapping our jaws?
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20 KJV)
Oh, did you see it there? The answer to why is right there. If we are not working the righteousness of God, what is left to say we are doing? It’s safe to bet that we are working the works of someone else. We are always serving someone, if our wrath cannot work the righteousness of God, than it can only work the destruction of the enemy.
This is one of those common sense lessons. It’s so obvious and simple, yet so difficult. There are no complex theories to discuss, no abstract patterns to dissect.
Shut your mouth and hear what the person is saying to you. Stop waiting for your turn to speak, stop forming your response while they are speaking. Just shut up and listen to what they are saying to you.
Think about what you are about to say. Process it thoroughly, understanding how what you say will be perceived. Often time we like to spout of with snap responses, whose sole purpose is to trigger what this scripture tells us we ought not be doing:
Don’t let your wrath rule you. In wrath, you cannot work the righteousness of God. You cannot do His work while satisfying your fleshly desire to retaliate or attack those whom you feel deserves it. You cannot do His will while seething with rage over stuff. Let’s be honest, when put up beside eternity, does that perceived anger really matter all that much?
Nobody can take away your salvation. No one can come between you and God. So what really is there that can make you so distraught that you let your anger rise?
Do you want to see a fast change in your life? Do you want to see the Lord work a major change in your life? Do these simple steps as He directs:
Shut up, listen, and stop getting all worked up over stuff.