Slow to Anger [James 1:19 Devotional]

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Slow to Anger [James 1:19 Daily Devotional]

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

James 1:19

This is great relationship advice. Beyond romantic relationships, this verse can help us in friendships and family relationships, too. If we all choose to listen before we speak, there would be fewer misunderstandings, and if we all were slow to speak, there would be fewer angry people in the world.

How to Be Slow to Anger

While there’s nothing wrong with anger as an emotion, there’s something wrong if you become angry quickly. If you feel that you struggle with anger issues, I encourage you to get into individual or group counseling, like anger management. As I say every time I write about mental health concerns, there is no shame in getting counseling.

James 1:19 helps you with the application of the verse, too. Learn how to be quick to listen. If you’re anything like me, you mostly spend your time thinking about the next thing you’re going to say. By the time it’s your turn to speak, you’ll realize you haven’t heard a thing the other person said. This can lead to other people feeling like they’re not heard or not valued. Give people your undivided attention while they’re speaking, and expect the same from them when you speak.

Learn also to be slow to speak. You don’t always have to have something to say. Silence is an acceptable response, and so is “I’ll need to think about that.” Again, if you’re like me, you might be so quick to respond that your response isn’t coherent or beneficial. Slowing down can help with that.


Lord, thank you for the people around me. Help me to relate to them and serve them well. Give me the patience I need to listen and remain calm in tense situations and keep me from speaking too quickly. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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