“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19–20, KJV)
Ready for a crucial insight into James? If you miss this, you’re really going to end up with completely damnable doctrine!
And it’s right there in front of you.
My Beloved brethren…”
This book is written to Christians. I’ve read a hundred commentaries where they say it is to unsaved Jews… but it says “Brethren.” They’re saved.
is James for Christians today? I’ve read commentary that say no… which of course, in typical Philip Dean looking for an argument fashion, I’m going to ask – then why is it in the Bible? If God inspired, wrote, and preserved it as canonical (part of the Bible), then it’s for today.
James is indeed for you and me. We’ll get to the verses people trip over! But let’s deal with this verse.
Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. Surely this verse is not for today!!! If more Christians heeded this, we’d all do a lot better. This is the 1st Century version of “You have two ears and one mouth… think about that.”
If we all listened twice as much as we spoke… and checked our anger with humility at every chance… we’d all have far less trouble in our lives!
“Anger fails to yield the righteous life that God desires, the goal to which this epistle is committed.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary, John Walvoord