SLOW TO ANGER
When we are going through trials, there is a tendency to give in to anger. We react according to our sinful nature, and we lash out and say hurtful things and regret later what we said. James 1:19-20 gives us wisdom on how to handle anger in our trials. It says this, "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." Being angry is part of our emotions, and maybe some of us, this is something that we struggle with. When we become angry in our situation, God says that we need to be quick to listen to what the Word of God is telling us to do. We need to be quick to apply what we have learned from God's word. The Bible says that we need to be peacemakers and forgive those who hurt us. We need to be patient with one another. After letting the Word of God speak the truth in our hearts, let us speak slowly by choosing words that bring healing and reconciliation.
It is easy for us to retaliate, especially when we are hurt or wronged. However, God does not want us to retaliate like the ways of the world. God wants us to handle our situations according to His ways. When we are overwhelmed with anger, it is best to walk away from the situation and let ourselves cool off by taking a walk, going for a run, or doing positive activities to calm our emotions down. Alcohol or drugs are not the way to calm our emotions. We should be slow to become angry. Satan wants to destroy our relationship with others, especially within our families, and he is using anger to accomplish his goal. We cannot allow Satan to use our anger to ruin our relationships with others.
God wants us to live in His righteousness. Let us get rid of the anger that destroys, but let us live a life that brings peace and reconciliation. Let us control our emotions by being quick to listen to God's word, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Ephesians 4:26 says this, "Don't sin by letting anger control you. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry."
Ask yourself these questions: What should I do when I become angry? Am I willing to apply God's word in my life? Am I willing to be peacemakers and bring reconciliation in my situation?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, you said in your word that do not let my anger control me. You also called me to be a peacemaker and bring reconciliation as your child. Please help me to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.