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Slow to Speak

By Pastor John Bingham

James 1:19, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”

During the last Presidential race, the rhetoric that was shared was very hot. One would say something, and very quickly, the other would say something in retaliation. The world loves this kind of banter, but it does nothing to honor the Lord.

Throughout God’s Word, we are given instruction regarding our mouth. For example, in Psalms 141:3 he prays, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; Keep the door of my lips.” He wanted God to keep him from saying anything foolish. As Christians, God has called us to use discretion in what we say to others because one day everything we will give an account for (Matthew 12:36). This doesn’t mean we have to be silent, but choose to be slow to speak, and quick to hear.

Before you speak, THINK:

T-is it true?

H-is it helpful?

I-is it inspiring?

N-is it necessary?

K-is it kind?

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