My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
Are you dismissive of others? If someone disagrees with you, do you dismiss them without a second thought?
As we delve into controversial discussions (like should believers celebrate Halloween), some people would rather dismiss another than actually listen to what they have to say and try to understand them. You don’t have to agree, but make an effort to understand.
Why is it so acceptable to shut down another fellow believer? The bible tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. This is quickly forgotten within our circles. We want to be right. We are certain we are right and we can back it up with bible verses therefore, we are not obligated to listen. But does God actually tell us that?
No, He doesn’t.
Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Proverbs 14:29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
Proverbs 17:27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
Proverbs 29:20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Proverbs 17:27 a man of understanding is even-tempered. How do we gain understanding if we’re unable to listen?
Have you ever quickly judged someone and then much later you get to know them and their story and it all makes sense? If you hadn’t taken the time to learn about that individual, you’d have continued on with your own assumption of them, which might not be completely wrong but it wouldn’t be with complete knowledge either.
We need to invest in each other! That’s how we show love. Dismissing someone because they disagree with you or have a different outlook on things is not loving and it is not Christ-like.
Let’s live a life that not only represents Christ to non-believers, but one that does not discourage a fellow believer. I don’t wish to be a stumbling block either.
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