“Can the Church Help? James 1:19” (Under the Juniper Tree S1E7)



Season 1, Episode 7
For Thursday, February 26, 2015
“Cant the Church Help? James 1:19”

HOST: Andrew Crowe




Show Notes:

  • When someone comes to us expressing a mental need or issue, how do we react? James 1:19 gives us a good answer.

Outline of this episode:

  • Proper context behind the verse: Listen to God!
  • From a general standpoint, this verse can be used as a guideline to help others.
  • Be Swift to Hear
    • Sometimes someone is only looking for an opportunity to get that weight off of his or her chest.
    • Imagine the fear that comes from something of this nature.
    • They have been seeking out an opportunity to talk to someone and they are likely afraid.
      • Will they reject me?
      • What if they do not understand?
      • What if they do not care?
    •  The response we give is important.
    • We ought to listen – REALLY listen.
    •  Sometimes, all someone wants is an ear. Give it to them.
  • Be Slow to Speak
    • This is where a lot of people have difficulties.
    • When we listen, we might be able to figure out something the person might need for help.
    • Too often, individuals get tuned out and we prepare the speech.
    • What happens when we do this?
      • Imagine a teenager being given daily chores by parents.
      • Try to imagine how someone feels when we do not listen.
      • The person may end up feeling like no one cares.
      • He or she may not open up to someone again for a long time.
  • Be Slow to Wrath
    • Be patient.
    • Please understand one important fact: not every day will be a good day for the person who is suffering.
    • God was patient with Elijah and we should be patient with others (1 Kings 19:11-12).

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