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A Slow Response is the Best Response

There are a few scriptures God has been having me focus on this year, and James 1:19 is one of those scriptures. It reads: Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. - James 1:19

The words speak and anger in this scripture are action words and are a representation of not just speaking and anger but ANY response. The Lord is telling us before we are quick to respond to a situation, listen to God’s thoughts concerning it so that our response is congruent with His will.

Often situations arise in our life that we feel need a response immediately but I have learned through trial and error and the teaching of Holy Sprit to pause, ask God for His perspective and will concerning the situation, and then respond based on His view. This is not always easy but yields the best results for our lives. Often, God has changed my perspective and how I initially intended to respond.

Remember God never asked us to do life alone. He gave us Jesus who laid His life down so that we can forever be in a relationship with our Father. Society teaches us to be “quick on our toes” meaning have a quick response to every situation. God teaches us to seek Him first because His ways are not like our ways and His thoughts are not like our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have been given the gift of Holy Spirit living in us. Luke 12:12 AMPC For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour and moment what [you] ought to say.

Prayer for the Journey

Father, I know that your will is always what’s best for me. Thank you for Holy Spirit who lives in me, enabling me to listen before I respond to situations in life. Lord, help me to see your will and then carry out your plan even if I don’t understand. My views and my perspectives are flawed. Help me to remember that I am seated with you in heavenly places in Christ Jesus and can have an ascended view.

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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