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Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Quick.

Nowadays, it seems everyone has an opinion and is more than willing to share it. Arguments can break open over a plethora of subjects.

Yet James tells us what we already know to be true: we are to listen and respond slowly; and be even slower in getting angry.

“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” (James 1:19, NASB)

Years ago at a Women of Faith conference, I heard Patsy Clairmont say that God gave her the most useful tool for those times when her mouth was ready to spew ”“ she put her hand over her mouth and held it there long and hard. She then continued to share that in especially challenging times, He gave her two hands to clap over her mouth.

It is not a weakness to withhold your words or your anger. In fact, the cross reference in my Bible pointed me to this verse:

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” (Proverbs 16:32, NASB)

We are mightier, and able to win over more people,
when we are quick to listen
and slow to anger.


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