Thoughts and questions, w. b. 17/1/21
Wherever we are within the letter of James I think it’s worth remembering that the Church in his time was under serious persecution.
We find this in the Old Testament:
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.
It makes me wonder whether there was a greater degree of safety in not speaking and trying to keep a low profile for the Christians of his day.
- What does it mean to be quick to listen? – v19
- Give an example of when you listened when you really wanted to talk.
- What does the meaning of ‘slow’ in this verse suggest to you?
For some people a quick knee-jerk reaction is part of their personality.
- If you are quick in responding like this what, if anything, have you done to overcome it?
- What does ‘moral filth’ mean here? How does it link with the previous verses? – v21
- James mentions ‘the word’ (v21 & v23) and the ‘law’ (v25). Assuming these both imply the Bible, how highly do you value your time reading the Bible?
- Are there parts of the Bible that you read more than others? Why?
- Has Bible reading helped you in becoming slower in speaking and becoming angry?
- Do you remember a time when you ‘opened your mouth and put your foot in it’?
- What did you learn from this, and how would you advise a younger Christian?
- Consider verse 27. Meditate on this verse. What thoughts come to your mind?