We often become angry because we fail to listen to what God (or someone else) is saying—and meaning. Listening is hard work, but it’s vital and worth the effort.

We often become angry because we fail to listen to what God (or someone else) is saying—and meaning. Listening is hard work, but it’s vital and worth the effort.

BibleGateway: James 1:19-27

ESV Text: James 1:19-27

James 1:19–27 (Listen)

Hearing and Doing the Word

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:5 and ends at about 3:21

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     19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 455 :
Our Heavenly Father, Hear

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1. Our heav’nly Father, hear 
The prayer we offer now. 
Thy name be hallowed far and near; 
To Thee all nations bow. 

2. Thy kingdom come; Thy will 
On earth be done in love 
As saints and seraphim fulfil 
Thy holy will above. 

3. Our daily bread supply 
While by Thy word we live. 
The guilt of our iniquity 
Forgive as we forgive. 

4. From dark temptation’s power, 
From Satan’s wiles, defend. 
Deliver in the evil hour 
And guide us to the end. 

5. Thine shall forever be 
Glory and power divine; 
The scepter, throne, and majesty 
Of heaven and earth are Thine. 


Hymn: LSB 772 In Holy Conversation
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