I generally consider myself a calm person; however, there are certain things that get me fired up, and I just can’t seem to control the anger that wells up, and let’s be honest, the words that sometimes come out of my mouth. It’s not pretty! I hope most of you can relate…
We continue back in James again today, where James continues to tell us about our God, and certain characteristics that we should have as we live for Him. He writes in James 1:19-21:
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
So many times we allow emotional barriers to arise when we are supposed to be listening. We hear one trigger word, or we think about feelings we’ve previously had when talking to this certain person, and that’s all we can think about. Before we know it, we’ve completely missed what the other person was saying, and we are giving them a rant (and can’t even remember where we are going with this…).
James teaches us that there is a difference between human anger and God’s righteous anger. His is justified, whereas ours is usually sinful. We are capable of having righteous anger, but not when it produces sin.
Today, I would encourage you to think about the topics that get you fired up, or the people who seems to bring out the emotions in you. Are you quick to listen, or quick to be angry? How would God have you to respond?
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- In verse 21, James reminds us that the Word is planted in us, and that’s the seal that Christ gives us. Read Eph. 1:13 as well. Pray for God to reveal where you have maybe forgotten what is in you. Praise God for the ability to overcome that sin, and have the Word implanted in us.
- Pray for God to show you if there’s anyone specific that you need to listen better to. Think about some ways you could maybe do that this week even.