“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.”
James 1:19-20 NIV
We live in an angry world. People are angry because you didn’t move quick enough, I didn’t get what I want, I didn’t get what I think I deserved. I’m angry because they have something I want, my life isn’t where it should be, I need more. This is just the beginning. We live in an angry world, but yet God wants us to be slow to angry. Now notice it is slow to angry, it doesn’t say to never get angry. I think there are times we should be angry, there are moments that should stir our angry, but we need to let God use that emotion to spring us into action.
I grew up in a home where we didn’t have a lot of money. We didn’t always have the best meals, but we had food on the table. I was always the type of kid and now the type of adult that would share my food. If I have something and you wanted some, I would share because I wanted everyone to have some. I remembered the first time I ever sat with homeless people when we were serving food at a shelter. I remember thinking how people should have food and a home, they should at least have these things. This made me angry, but God used this angry to get me into serving with organizations that assisted the homeless. I have volunteered with several over my life. Anger isn’t always bad, but the question is what does it produce? Does it produce a fire in you that causes you to make a change or to become more aware? Or does it produce a complaining spirit or a hateful spirit in you?
Anger is an emotion that we will all feel at sometime, but when we are quick to it many times things come out that we don’t mean, or actions come out that we don’t want. and this is not what God desires for us. So let’s work on this to stop and take a moment and Live Without Anger.