19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
James points out three things that get us into trouble. We don’t listen, we speak when we don’t have the right words to say and we get angry, and controlled by our emotions. How often has one of those been the cause of our trouble? Honestly, more than I want to admit.
And by our own efforts we can not master ourselves, we struggle to change, even temporarily.
But James tells us how to have victory over this. It is the Word of God, planted in our lives that will save us.
No matter how small the seed, it is the roots of a tree that breaks roads, footpaths and buildings. In the same way, though the Word may seem small to begin, when it is allowed to grow, encouraged to grow, that the pattern of sin is broken.
As the Word takes root in my life more and more, I listen more, speak the right words and the Holy Spirit is in control.
Father, thank you for sending your the Word. Let it take root in my heart as I yield to it more each day.
Written by Andrew Martin