Hmmm…lets think about the best response.

Ponder with me for a moment…

Been thinking about this today. The anointing flourishes in a person who is humbly and completely submitted to God. One of the main areas the anointing can be limited is in our responses with others. Its TRUE! I mean think about it! How many of us have ever regretted our responses to people in conversation? GUILTY(I\’m raising my own hand…) But you know scripture gives us some clear advice that we should take heed of, not because its an instruction to obey (only), but because of the multiplied results that can be produced.

James is writing to the church and giving them instruction on how to thrive in the midst of persecution. James says this in the opening chapter 1:19-21 \”My dear brothers and sisters,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-30286A" data-link="(A)\” style=\”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;\”> take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-30286B" data-link="(B)\” style=\”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;\”> and slow to become angry, because human anger<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-30287C" data-link="(C)\” style=\”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;\”> does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-30288D" data-link="(D)\” style=\”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;\”> all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-30288E" data-link="(E)\” style=\”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;\”> which can save you.\”

Did you catch it? The result? Its righteousness! When we are not behaving in the manner he prescribes, righteousness is not produced. More importantly it is the righteousness God wants! But here is the catch, its not just in us, but more so in others. God wants righteousness produced in those being evangelized by the body of believers. Consider this, when we respond with quick listening, slow grace-filtered speaking, and a grace controlled demeanor we are WINNING and not LOSING! When we are the opposite of this and are slow listening and hot-headed in our responses, then the body of Christ gets a \”bad rap\” which means that Jesus also gets a bad rap! Why would the world ever want to embrace a Lord and Savior who appears powerless, by our actions, to enable and empower those who follow him to respond differently? Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is the beginning and the developing of Righteousness in us! It is cultivated through the activity of the Holy Spirit! 

So how do we do it? James tells us the steps. We have to put away from us everything that is seen as an influence to the flesh in our lives. We do this, through the sufficiency of the Word of God; specifically the power of the Gospel and what it has done and is doing in our lives! The Word that we read, study and hear on a weekly basis is that which has been and is being planted in us. Its able by faith as we surrender ourselves to it, to make us whole, to cleanse our minds, to renew our thoughts, to bring us more and more into the image of Jesus on the earth. James goes on to say that we shouldn\’t be a hearer of the word only, but a doer. This is the difference between harvest and drought of souls for the Kingdom. 

Everything revolves around the production of righteousness, the harvest of righteousness and the consistency of the image of Jesus (Righteousness) as we live, move and have our being in Him. 

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