Monday Mission-Be Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak, and Slow to Become Angry

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Monday Mission-Be Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak, and Slow to Become Angry

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31

Monday Mission
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I love the book of James and the insights, challenges, and truths he brings throughout his writings. One such example is found in James 1:19 NIV, "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."

James emphasizes three distinct points to give us framework for navigating interactions with others. Especially those that are difficult. For me whenever I read these words, I am challenged to think about how well I am following this framework with my interactions with others. When I am truthful with myself, I know that when I take his words to heart and try my best to honor these three strategies, the results of my interactions always end up better.

This week's Monday Mission is to take a few moments to reflect on the words of James. Furthermore, reflect on some of the difficult interactions you have had recently, and how well you did or did not utilize his frame of thought. Finally, for any difficult interaction that you encounter this week, make a concerted effort to put his words into action. Try to listen intently and seek to understand the truths in what the other person is trying to say. Before responding, check your heart, and take a moment to pray for God to guide your thoughts and words. Because you may not have control in how the other person responds or acts, work to maintain control with your own anger so that you do not allow anger to cloud your judgement. Lastly, seek God's guidance and direction and allow Him to work in all situations.

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