I'm not the best when it comes to conversing with people. There are times that I can get, what many businesses in customer service call, "emotionally hi-jacked" The problem is that I take things personally. I end up being offended not always at what people say, but how they say it even.

James 1:19-22 says: 

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. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Before the most brilliant business manager said it, Scripture did. God wants us to relate with people in an understanding way. It doesn't mean we have to roll over and not hold fast to truth, but I should not be worried about winning the argument, but winning the soul. My being angry at someone doesn't win them to Christ. 

So the challenge I have for myself this week is to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. 

Will you take the challenge with me?

- matt