Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry. This is because an angry person doesn’t produce God’s righteousness. Therefore, with humility, set aside all moral filth and the growth of wickedness, and welcome the word planted deep inside you — the very word that is able to save you. You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do.
Food For Thought:
“Hearing is an important step in saying yes to God’s call. But once we hear, we must still decide whether we will go where invited or sent. In other words, hearing may be the easy part of saying yes to God’s call. Once we have heard and counted the cost the most difficult task remains. However, with deep faith in the living God who calls us, the only reasonable response is to say yes. For in our best moments, we know God will ask us, only us, to say yes to an invitation that is right and good for us. Listen closely, think deeply, pray fervently, and you will be lead to the right answer to God’s invitational call.” –Rueben P. Job
God, I confess that I am sometimes too slow to listen and too quick to speak. I confess that I have been angry and unforgiving. To be a doer of your word, I know that I must be quicker to listen and slower to speak. I must be patient, and I must be obedient to the call you have placed on my life to love you with my work, with my family, with my friends and with my play. Lord, lead me to listen to you and to do your will. Amen.