We Need To Listen by Johnny Hunt

WE NEED TO LISTEN

James 1:19-21


INTRODUCTION: This passage shows us anger and what our
attitudes should be when we are angry. Also, James attacks
those who would destroy this fellowship w/i the family of God.

I. WORTHY ACHIEVEMENT v.19

A. SWIFT TO HEAR. l9a

Romans 10:l7; be an ever-eager learner, ever-listening
for the Spirit's voice; listen much; He is talking
about the Word of God.

B. SLOW TO SPEAK. l9b

Two ears and one mouth; we can't listen well when we
are talking. Prayer for us is seldom conversation;
it is usually monologue. We try to tell God what we
think He needs to know. Eccles. 5:l-2; Prov. l0:9;
Prov. l3:3; Prov. l7:27-28. ILLUSTRATION: Leaving
Long Leaf

C. SLOW TO ANGER. 19C

Peter was slow to hear, swift to speak and swift to
anger and He almost killed a man w/his sword.
"Anger" - that sits in the heart and builds into a
deep bitterness and a hostile resentment; an attitude
of resistance and rebellion in the heart. Some may
never lose their temper, but it is bad inside. Many
church fights are the result of short tempers and
hasty
words.
II. WRONG ACTION. v.20

A. THE WRATH OF MAN. 20a

Man's anger does not produce the kind of goodness and
righteousness God desires in us. "Wrath" - a
malicious
attitude. You can't justify your outrage of anger ...


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