Spend more time listening than talking. Slow to speak.
God, our gardener, implants the Word in our souls. Life transformation comes, when we receive him, with meekness. It is time to listen and quickly obey his instructions. This produces change with a life that produces God’s fruit.
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. (James 1:19-24 MSG)
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