Can Empathy Quiet Your Anger?

You know those moments … when you can feel your blood start to boil? When every word seems like fuel on a fire, and you’re just seconds away from an eruption? It’s tough, but the key to diffusing your anger can sometimes be as simple as listening.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

– James 1:19 NIV

The Bible tells us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” It’s not just about holding your tongue; it’s also about opening your ears and your heart. Listening can be transformative. When you truly listen, you’re not just hearing words; you’re understanding the emotions and intentions behind them. Empathetic listening can be a game-changer in heated moments.

Pause, open your heart and your ears and let listening transform you.

The next time you feel that surge of anger, try to pause. Take a deep breath and listen – not just to the other person, but also to that still, small voice of God. What is He saying to you in that moment? Maybe it’s a call to show grace, or perhaps it’s a reminder of your own need for forgiveness.

This is your moment to transform how you handle anger. It’s a chance to deepen your relationship with God and those around you. You’re not alone in this; we’re walking this journey together, learning to listen and be transformed, one moment at a time.

Today’s One Thing

Pray: “Heavenly Father, help me to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Teach me to hear with empathy and respond with grace. In moments of anger, remind me to pause and seek Your wisdom. Amen.

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