James 1:19 says this:
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
This is in reference to the Word and how the people James was writing to were to respond when it was preached. How do you normally respond to preaching you don’t agree with? According to this section of the Bible we learn three things:
- QUICK TO HEAR – Don’t write it off if you don’t agree. Let your first impulse be gathering insight rather than criticism.
- SLOW TO SPEAK – Don’t speak out in disagreement until you know what the Word says and means. Opinion is not doctrine.
- SLOW TO ANGER – You may be wrong. Use the energy from your anger to repent and submit. They may be wrong. Who gets mad at an infant that can’t walk? Be gentle in your correction.
You will not agree with every sermon you hear. But there is wisdom in defining heresy versus disciplining yourself in the practice of humility. And when it comes to the hearing of the Word, this is what we are to do.