Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
James 1:19 (NIV)
So often, we interpret this passage as if it is suggesting that we cannot be angry. So at the first twinge of emotion, we berate ourselves and bury our feelings. However, if we look closely at this passage, we will see that our goal should not be ridding ourselves of anger but rather, being slow to become angry. Some things will and should make us angry, but we need to be mature about our situation. Mature anger looks at the problem and uses this emotion to motivate us to find a solution. A mature attitude is slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen. An immature attitude doesn’t act slowly; instead, it reacts with bitterness, rage, brawling, slander, and malice. Paul insists that we rid ourselves of this kind of immaturity. Today, when your emotion alerts you to a potentially negative situation, let your anger react slowly and maturely. Let it motivate you to assess the problem and ask God what He would have you to do.
Father, thank You that You can help me be mature with my anger. Help me focus on solutions and not bitterness, rage, fighting, slander, or malice. Help me be part of the solution, not the problem. Help me express my emotions in a way that honors you.
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