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Choices Of Words

"This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves to be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves" (Jas.1:19-22).

What James wanted his readers to know is that the way a person talks reflects on the type of individual he or she is. He give some advice that echoes through the corridors of time... Christians are to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. In today's world, this particular order seems to have been jumbled. How often, especially in stressful situations, do folks speak before they have had time to to think over the words? Anger, instead of being last in this stream of advice, comes first. It results in sharp, unkind words, and James reminds us that that it sometimes works the other way around.... At times, our rash speaking can goad us toward anger. Here is the shame of it all... One's own words can cause someone to act in a way where the righteousness of God is nowhere to be seen. When James urges Christians to put aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, I think the subject continued to be the vulgar speech of the street and workplace. James more than likely saw the same troubling trends in his world that we see in ours.Vulgarity tends to move from the streets into homes, and parents must struggle to teach their children that the words they choose color their disposition and habits. When comedians are devoid of imagination, when the ignorant cannot express themselves, when the sophisticated are grappling for something shocking to say, vulgarity is the common resort. The advice from James is in humility receive the word that is implanted.... In an over-simplification, we have to keep the words spoken by highway construction crews, out of our living rooms. The careful choice of words is a part of the obedience James expected from Christians.... How about you?

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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