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DEVOTION TO GOD

August 20, 2014

Wednesday

 

James 1:19-20

 

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

 

LESSON

 

James drives home the teaching about our death-bound, sinful nature with the cry “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren; he drives home the teaching about the new birth with the cry “Know this, my beloved brethren.” We may respond to trials by complaining about them and becoming angry over them. James advised his readers to remain silent and calm and to listen submissively to the Word of God. Many people have observed that we have two ears and one mouth, which ought to remind us to listen twice as much as we speak.

An angry response to temptations does not advance the righteousness in character and conduct that God is seeking to produce in the believer. The difficulties of life are intended to make us “better,” not bitter. The policy James condemns is one of seeking to promote the cause of freedom by politically motivated and engineered violence.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 12:1

 

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