Having read the Biblical text and the handout, please respond to any or all of the questions listed below. In order to encourage dialogue with others, please refer to the question number in your response.
Think about a situation in which you were not pleased with how you listened to someone. Think of another situation in which you were not pleased with how someone listened to you. Why is it so difficult to be a good listener?
Read James 1:19-27.
We all do it. It is as common as flies around a horse. While someone else is talking , we’re thinking about what we are going to say next instead of considering what is being said to us. We know that others are worth more care and attention. But the habit is hard to break God wants us to slow down and listen to him too. But even when we’ve really listened to him, we’re still not done.
- In verse 19, James commands his readers to “be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”. Why are these three commands relevant in the context of trials and temptations?
- What steps could you take to grow as a person who is slow to anger, quick to hear or slow to speak?
- In part two, we said that James’s story of looking in a mirror and forgetting what we look like is similar to hearing the Word and not doing it. It’s giving “lip service” to the importance of God’s Word but not taking it seriously in how we live our lives. What examples did you write down of how we give lip service to God’s Word?
- According to 1: 26-27, how does James’s criteria for true religion compare to and contrast with what is considered proof of authentic belief today?
- As you think back over chapter 1 of James, what have you learned about what God desires from us?
Le Peau, Andrew T.; Le Peau, Phyllis J. (2013-05-01). A Deeper Look at James: Faith That Works (LifeGuide® In Depth Series) (Kindle Locations 592-593). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.