James 1: 19-21
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
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I am not sure why this lesson has taken me so long to sink into my being and my behavior. My mother often told me that my mouth was going to get me in trouble. She was right. Listening was not one of my natural skill sets. Blithering on without a filter and having occasional volcanic verbal eruptions was my way of life. I started doing that less, not out of any great awakening but more from discovering what a mess I had to clean up after one of these major leakages. I like to believe that after years of being around God's word in one way or another that it is actually taken root. I deal with flares of thoughtlessness. But still, the listening comes easier, the speaking comes slower and the anger is more quickly calmed. The implanted word does have the power to save a soul from itself.
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May we, this day, imagine all the good we could do, Lord, if we weren't cleaning up after ourselves so much. Amen
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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