Mountain Moving Monday: Speak

Monday, November 04, 2013

My beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”
(James 1:19)

Word Study: Speak

The original meaning of speak in this verse is taken from the Greek word, Lal-eh-o which means to talk, utter words, preach, break your silence.

Let’s look at the word speak in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

Do you have a habit of speaking out of turn or suffer from the foot in mouth syndrome? Do you wish you could finally learn how to hold your tongue? It’s interesting that this verse reminds us to be swift to hear, and then slow to speak. James isn’t saying that speaking is wrong, but that there is a time and even a pace when we should speak.

The attitudes of “having to get things off my chest,” or “I’m just blowing off steam,” or “I know I’m right and this needs to be said” are mountains that must be moved out of our lives!

Being slow to speak means we must first have an understanding of what is about to be spoken. How many times have you had to catch yourself after saying something you didn’t mean because you spoke too soon? Slow to speak...

We must be more content with hearing and learning from the Word, instead of rushing to preach it. Many times speaking out of haste ruins relationships, crushes credibility, and saddens the Savior! Let’s not be so quick to speak just because we have an answer to something. Even if you are right, now is not always the time to say it. Allow the Spirit to reveal to you what needs to be spoken at its appropriate time.

Remember, the Lord will give us the wisdom and the words to speak (Luke 21:15) and the patience through His Spirit. Crush any mountain of haste in your life, by being slow to speak.


Thank you Lord for the gift of voice and your Spirit that speaks through us. Father, we want to learn to be slow to speak, not talking out of turn and offending others or defaming your name. We want to be wise in our delivery and lead people closer to you through our words and actions. Thank you Lord for the sacrifice of Jesus, the Word, and we pray that when we speak, it reflects Him in every way. In His name we pray, Amen!

How will your speaking move mountains today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

The purpose of S.W.A.P. Ministries is to encourage women to live, not just exist, and learn how to be bold about sharing the gospel of Christ to others.

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  1. I love vs. 19 (NIV) - "Stand firm, and you will win life."

    1. Amen Cassandra! What an amazing promise!

  2. This is a very powerful lesson. I was just reading the Book of James. The tongue is a powerful weapon. We can either help build a person up or tear them down, by what we say. What I've learned is how to be silent and allow the Holy Spirit to lead me.


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