RHYTHM of the REDEEMER

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." (James 1:19-20 NIVUK)  At school, I was an easy target for practical jokers. A foot taller than most everyone else at an early age, I (literally) stood out from the crowd. I also wore those black (Joe 90) N.H.S. spectacles; well, the only alternative at that time was pink! But, the greatest challenge was my red hair; though I wish I had it now! My Gran always reminded me that with the red hair came a fiery temper. I’m not sure we can generalise, but it was certainly true of me. At times, I could go off like a firework; light blue touch-paper and stand well back! However, over the years, God has dealt with me graciously, and, although I can still get mad at a moment’s notice, it doesn’t happen quite so often. I’ve learned to count to ten, and sometimes even to 100. Also, I’ve seen how my un-righteous indignation usually exacerbates, rather than defuses, a situation. Today’s text draws attention to the rhythm of the Redeemer, which paves the way to a peaceable life: "…be QUICK to LISTEN, SLOW to SPEAK and SLOW to become ANGRY…" Get those three things in the wrong order and it creates dis-order, bringing pain to someone; often those closest to you.