Spiritual Vigilance

“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

Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak. That is to say, primarily, to hear God; to listen to instruction. we are to be more ready to hear than to speak. We are to be disposed to learn always, and from any source.

It is appropriate to be learners rather than instructors.

Slow to wrath means we are to govern and restrain our temper. We are not to give indulgence to excited and angry passions.

And if we are to govern our tongues, we must govern our passions. The worst thing we can bring to any dispute is anger.

“Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.” Ecclesiastes 5:2

“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” Proverbs 13:3

“The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” Proverbs 15:2

Many of us fail to uphold these precepts. With our children, with neighbors and others who the Word also commands is to love. We also feel vengeful when ourselves or loved ones are mistreated. There is a time to  defend. However, paying someone back for their harah, even evil deeds is a thing we must humble ourselves in trusting God to deal with … 

We must be vigilant in our spiritual our walk with God. Most of our battles can be fought in a prayer closet. What actions we take must be those which can be blessed by God, not cause us to add spiritually negative consequences to our own lives or those around us …

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