James 1:19

There is an important difference between hearing and listening. Listening describes an intentional activity. ... In contrast, hearing is something that happens without any intentional effort. There have been many times that I have been guilty of hearing instead of listening, or listening with the intention to respond, instead listening to understand. The bible admonishes us to be slow to speak and slow to get angry. Isn't it funny how often when we get angry we are quick to speak about it. Sometimes it's not even to the person that we are angry with! We may vent to a friend or Facebook & Instagram. Also sometimes if I communicate when I'm angry,  I might not be able to articulate the best and I might end up saying things that are not necessary or are hurtful. The truth is being mad is usually a byproduct of being hurt. Hurt people hurt people but  Luke 6:28 says Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. It's my prayer that moving forward instead of being quick to speak out of anger that I am quick to recognize that I am just hurt and I would be quick to pray. James 1:26 says If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.  I don't want to fool myself because I can't control my tongue by being more concerned about being right instead of being Christ like. 

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