“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry”
I read an article on how hot air balloons work. It’s not all that complex. When you heat the air inside of the balloon to 100 degrees hotter than the air outside of the balloon, the balloon rises. When you let the air temperature inside fall below 100 degrees of outside air, the balloon lowers. So, it’s all about temperature control. And, so are the work discussions we will have today. Some will stay low temperature…a simmering and nothing will escalate. But, others have the potential of the temperature rising well beyond what it should and what do we get, a blow up! So, temperature control is very important.
And yes, we must also manage our own temperature control. James, who I love his writings, tells us to be slow to to anger. How do we do that? Well, if we follow his earlier advice; to be be quick to listen and slow to speak, we are actually controlling the temperature of a conversation and we are keeping the temp below what might cause that blow up that could be far more damaging than we think it could be. Our internal “thermostats” are not all that great, but with God’s help He can keep us calm, cool and collected, which works out better for everyone.
Reference: James 1:19 (New Living Translation)