Passage: My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Journal: It is with humility that the word of God is hidden in the heart. One is humbled by the salvation that the word of God proclaims. However, the "moral filth" that comes so natural is rooted in pride and arrogance. It is from this great evil that James demands detachment ("Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent . . ."). The humble man is "quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Conversely, the prideful man is slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to become angry. It is much more natural to give an opinion than to consider the opinion of others. A thoughtful response is unlikely to be given in anger. A thoughtful response is highly unlikely to be given in haste. The two work against each other. The desire of the child of God must be to "bring about the righteous life that God desires." James seems to be suggesting that anger is often an insurmountable impediment to righteousness. It is wise indeed to humbly consider God's redemptive work, and to proclaim that great work in the quietness of righteous pursuits.