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James 1:19-27: Words, Words, Words

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of James.

We all do it. It's as common as flies around a horse. While someone else is talking, we're thinking about what we're going to say next instead of about what is being said to us. We know others are worth more care and attention. But the habit is hard to break.

God wants us to slow down and listen too. But even when we've really listened to him, we're still not done. This study gives us practical help on listening and more.

Warming Up to God

There's so much to listen to all around us. What different voices and messages are on your mind? Tell God about them and ask him to help you clear your mind and focus on his Word.

Read James 1:19-27

Discovering the Word

  • How can being quick to listen and slow to speak help us to be slow to become angry (v. 19)?
  • James tells us that God's Word was planted in us. What weeds can choke that Word and keep it from growing (v. 21)? Explain.
  • In your own words explain how the person who merely listens to God's Word is different from the one who puts it into practice (vv. 22-25).
  • According to verses 26 and 27, how do people who think they are religious differ from those who are truly religious?
  • Based on what you've read in this chapter, do you think James would be satisfied with good works apart from our listening to and receiving God's Word? Explain.

Applying the Word

  • When is it hard for you to listen to God?
  • Sometimes we do listen to God's Word, but we still don't follow it. How is this true for you?
  • How would you like your religion to be more "pure and faultless"?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God to help you become a better listener and doer of his Word.