Your Words and God’s Word

Text: James 1:19-20
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 17, 2011

Having completed the first major section of James, which deals with trials and temptations, tomorrow morning we begin a new section which deals with putting the Word into practice.
1:18 serves as a transition to the next section which goes from 1:19-2:26. God, who has given us he great gift of the new birth seeks to transform our lives by the same Word which has been implanted within us (1:21). James makes several very practical applications, beginning with our speech and our anger. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger, for he anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”

This is a very challenging text because we are prone to be slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to anger. I personally have been deeply convicted about how much I talk (though I can’ promise you a shorter sermon tomorrow). While many philosophers and religions may agree that it is wise to talk less and to control anger, the biblical approach to these issues is radically different in that we gain the power to change through God’s Word which is supernaturally implanted within us (1:21). Christ is the only one who has perfectly kept these commandments. Through union with Him we can be forgiven for our sinful failures and transformed by His Word and Spirit. Scripture also provides practical instruction on how we can change.

Posted on April 17th, 2011 | Permalink