The past few days I have been trying to work on an area in my life that I know God wants me to work on. It is found in the book of James.
James 1:19-25 (Contemporary English Version)Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? But I find myself really struggling with all of it. I am not very slow at getting angry or speaking and I don't even think I am that great of a listener. But because this is on my mind so much I know it is an area God is really asking me to improve on. How can I expect my children to be obedient or submissive to authority if I am not setting the example? I am confident though that if I seek with my whole heart to apply these Scriptures to my life that God will be faithful and give me the grace (power and will to do) to be victorious in this area.
Hearing and Obeying
19My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. 20If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things that God wants done. 21You must stop doing anything immoral or evil. Instead be humble and accept the message that is planted in you to save you.
22Obey God's message! Don't fool yourselves by just listening to it. 23If you hear the message and don't obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror 24and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. 25But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don't just hear and forget.