Remove the Rock of Anger – James 1:19-20
In today’s culture it seems as if most people find themselves easily aggravated and anger seems to flair without much cause. This happens while traveling the streets of our city, shopping at the local grocery, or even in our own home while watching the evening news. I am often surprised and ashamed how quickly my anger can flair for what really is a very insignificant reason.
As Christ followers we are called to live a life that is more in control of how we react in certain situations. In the book of James we read these wise instructions from God by the hand of James concerning how best to begin to remove this anger from our lives. James writes in verse 19, “be quick to hear”, yet so often our anger flairs out of a misunderstanding. We need to be cautious and listen intently to others and make a great effort to show compassion for their situation. This will cause us to lay aside our self and place others before our own needs or desires. James continues to give us instructions by writing “slow to speak”. How often have you been in a normal conversation and without warning something is said that causes that conversation to become very hostile? Let us as Christians be careful in how we use our words for they have a great power and can cause very deep wounds on the hearts of those we love and know.
James ends this portion of scripture in verse 20 by writing, “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Every morning we are to awake with an overwhelming desire to be more like Jesus. If we allow anger to continue to plague our hearts this becomes impossible and instead our hearts will become cold and our witness of His love for others will be dead! Instead awake with love and grace overflowing from your lives and anger will flee from you!