Right up front I have to give full disclosure.
I’ve never watched “Frozen” all the way through. I have seen bits and pieces, and I know the Disney Corporation’s revenue is being fueled by “Frozen.”
I may be one of the few parents or grandparents who hasn’t seen the movie, but I know we can get some good advice from “Frozen.”
It has to do with what the Apostle James warned us about. He told us to be “quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).
What should we say about this?
First, be eager to hear and understand.
How quick should we be to hear? Well, we get the word “tachometer” from the Greek word for “quick” or “swift.”
Yesterday, I received an email asking “did I hear you right?” I am so thankful the writer asked that question because she thought I said exactly the opposite of what I did say.
In the Bible, hearing implies listening with understanding. It means to listen with a mind to obey. We really do need to be swift to hear and understand.
Second, we also should be slow to speak and certainly slow to anger. The problem is that our words often hurt and they often create anger and dissension.
It’s best to clarify and attempt to understand: “Did I hear you right?”
Third, sometimes we need to give the benefit of the doubt. You’ve probably said, “I wish I hadn’t said that.” Other people probably wish the same thing. Sometimes we just need to extend grace toward people.
There is real healing in giving the benefit of the doubt–looking and expecting the best in others.
Finally, and this is where Frozen comes in, we simply need to let go of as much as possible. I’m not sure I’ve even heard the song “Let it Go” in its entirety, but I know the value of letting things go.
When you forgive and let it go, you are the one blessed.
Often, we don’t want to forgive because we don’t want to help the person who hurt us. In forgiveness we learn we are actually helping ourselves.
Yesterday, I talked with a man who said, “I learned I had to just forgive.”
He seemed to be really happy and peaceful.
Let it go and you will as well.
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