One of the verses I frequently assigned students to memorize at school was written by James thought, by most scholars, to be the earthly brother of Jesus. He was well respected by the first century church. James gave excellent advice which still applies today and contains a pattern – Quick- Slow – Slow. Quick to Listen – Slow to Speak – Slow to Become Angry. Twice in my 36 years of teaching I failed spectacularly and loudly at school. I’d like to rationalize it was a matter of student safety yet I should still have been able to correct the offender more calmly, even though harm was carelessly done to my child. I did not follow the pattern of James. I was quick to become angry, quick to speak, and slow, very slow, to listen.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19