New International Version (NIV)
Listening and Doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
1. (of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle, especially in a way considered pleasing or attractive:
2. (of a way of speaking or writing) briskly decisive and matter-of-fact, without hesitation or unnecessary detail:
Bill Gates made a shrewd deal with IBM to use MS-DOS for the operating system of their new personal computer line. It was even wiser to get IBM to allow him to market MS-DOS operating system separately from their deal. IBM didn’t think that personal computers would ever be something that many individuals would want to own. They were dead wrong. They acted too quickly. Bill Gates, however, was quick to make a good deal and Microsoft and Gates became wealthy beyond belief. We want our decisions to be made crisply, but wisely.
Come to us and change us. Make in us eyes willing to see, ears willing to hear, minds willing to change, and hearts willing to love. May we be quick to run from evil and quicker yet to run to You and Your truth.
Thank You, Lord for all things. Amen.