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19 Wherefore <hoste>, my <mou> beloved
<agapetos> brethren <adelphos>, let <esto> every <pas>
man <anthropos> be <esto> swift <tachus> to <eis> hear
<akouo>, slow <bradus> to <eis> speak <laleo>, slow
<bradus> to <eis> wrath <orge>:
20 For <gar> the wrath <orge> of man
<aner> worketh <katergazomai> not <ou> the righteousness
<dikaiosune> of God <theos>. KJV-Interlinear
19 This you know, my beloved
brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.NASB
Those who speak quickly in a knee jerk fashion, are
generally the same as those who are easily angered.Quick to speak, quick to react in anger or
defensiveness.The defensive person is
typically shallow and therefore easily offended.They take offense at nearly anything.
There are typically four temperament categories of
First, are those who are easily exasperated, but
Second, those who are easily angered, and difficult to
be settled down.
Third, those who are not easily annoyed, but are
difficult to be quieted down.
Fourth, those who are not easily annoyed, and are
easily calmed down.
Our passage speaks to the fourth category.Open your ears and listen, set your mind at
ease and consider, and do not be quick to react in either anger or
Maturity gives you the resources to deal with life
without losing your temper, without losing your poise, and certainly without
badgering, or ridiculing, or putting someone else down.
The first three categories of people have little if
any inner resources.They are filled
with insecurities and instabilities.Everything in life is a personal threat to them.And, as our passage states, they cannot
possibly grow up spiritually to maturity if they do not begin to use their mind
before using their mouth.
Remember, you are dust, just like everyone else.Dust cannot possibly insult, to any degree,
any other dust.What is accomplished? Does a worm gain an advantage over another
worm by telling him, 'You are slimier than I?'
All insults, all anger, all sin as it were, are direct
insults toward God, and the manifestation of ones stupidity.
Bible study replaces ones shallowness with maturity,
and poise, and most important, a relaxed mental attitude toward life in
general.More often, the serious things
of this world aren't really that serious.People simply take themselves too seriously.What is serious, is ones salvation escape
from the Lake of Fire, and ones spiritual maturity and related eternal
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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