“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”James 1:19
You and I are aware that “actions speak louder than words” is a statement as “old as the hills”. In fact, even if I do not say, “OK Rudie” (my father’s name), I repeat it in my brain because I have just used some expression, or action that I “adopted” as a youngster, thinking it to be “cool”.
Why should it be necessary for me to call attention to these adaptations that float around, and it seems more so as I get older? I must conclude that what I observed, good or bad, seemed to be the acceptable “order” of the day and therefore should be my “order” in years to come.
In the event that you find the conflict of the old nature and the new nature struggling to reign supreme in your life, knowing that the new nature is “the way to go,” than you are not alone. Every person who becomes an “imitator of Jesus Christ” struggles with similar choices. While the main reason we should surmount these temptations, we should recognize where they originated.
Language may not be just a flow of words from the tip of the tongue, although we are prone to recognize and adapt them so quickly before conversion, but bodily language can be equally adapted and recognized as such. When someone says that you are a “chip off the block”, they can see that we equally adapted the looks, the language, and the expressions of another. To this day I say, “Child!”, and it is my grandmother, who had a hard time remembering the names of all of her grandchildren. (27 as I recall)
We need constantly to remember the Scriptural injunction: “But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger ;”(James 1:19) Be imitators of CHRIST.