James 1:19-21 (AMP) 19 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; 20 for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. 21 So get rid of all uncleanness and [a]all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls.
We all have areas to improve. Â For me it is speaking before I think, for someone else it may be lack of patience or not listening to someone. It can help us if we take the time once and a while to evaluate where we are spiritually in certain areas in life. For example, I know I struggle with being slow to speak. I frequently stop and pray about that and evaluate how I have been doing. I thank God for helping me and I ask for His continued help in this area on a regular basis.
We live in the world and that can make becoming spiritually mature kind of difficult. When we are faced with difficult situations the best thing we can do is to take a little more time to react to situations that are challenging for us.Â We need to count to 10 before reacting. When we count to 10 we can ask God to guide us with our reaction and words. Whether it is reacting verbally or reacting with anger or whatever it is. We may have days where we count to 10 all day long, but at least we are counting. It’s better to pause and ask for God’s guidance then react rather than just react. Pause, pray, then react.
The Word of God contains the power to tear down the spirit of anger or whatever it is that takes over us. The Word of God gives us the power to react the way we should in any given situation. If you have an area where you need help, go to the bible and study in the area where you struggle. Do what you can to study and understand the bible in areas where you need guidance and help from God. You can use that word the next time you are tempted to do something you should not and when you pause to reflect, you now have something to reflect on. You may not be able to remember the Bible verse and number but the Words are what are important to remember.
James 1:22-27 (AMP)22 But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth]. 23 For if anyone only listens to the word [a]without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets [b]what he looked like. 25 But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but [c]an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience]. 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious [scrupulously observant of the rituals of his faith], and does not control his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless (futile, barren). 27 Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress, and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world.
I can read the bible all day long, but if I do not do what the bible says to do, then it doesn’t do me any good at all. We are blessed in our doing not in our hearing. We are in the world, we cannot change that so we need to ensure we do what we can to protect ourselves spiritually and continue to do what is good and right. That is not, nor will it ever be super easy. But, it is possible and we can do whatever it is we need to do through Christ Jesus who gives us strength.
Philippians 4:13 (AMP) 13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose ”I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen