Re:Verse passage – James 1:19-27 (day seven)
But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. vs 19b
We live in a polarized society. There is no doubting that. You feel the tension when you log in to social media. You feel it when you turn on the news. You feel the tension in the break room at work. You may even feel it around the table at family gatherings. No matter who your “Us” is, it feels like it is Us vs Them.
The truth is, it is Us vs Them, but our “Them” is not each other. Rather, our true enemy is “the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) Pairing this text with our reverse passage, we need to remind ourselves when we begin to feel this tension, it is time to slow down. The anger we feel is not warranted. Listen to what they have to say. Listen to what the Lord has to say. When you do, you will find peace in knowing that “Them” is not the enemy, and in fact, you might even be on the same team.