Monday August 27, 2018

by colinscanvas

James 1:19-20

19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Happy Monday! Thanks for starting the week with me in Scripture. This is one of the shorter books we read, but might be the longest to get through! I love these two verses. Such a good reminder to breathe during intense and stressful moments. Anger is a part of our nature. When things don’t go our way we tend to get angry. We tend to have these “blackout” moments where we are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to get angry.

I noticed this yesterday driving with my roommates to church. We were on our way home and a person merged without a turn signal. Who does that!? They almost clipped our front bumper and sent us off the highway! Lets just say there was no listening, a lot of speaking, and a lot of anger. Driving is where a lot of people, including myself, aren’t who they normally are.

Now this isn’t exactly an argument, but we can draw some similar lines between the two. How could we have handled it differently? Lets take a look at the Scripture.

  1. Quick to listen – Looking back I can see Jesus intervening in the moment telling me; they weren’t trying to run us off the highway. My roommates might think otherwise. I think when we get angry it is important to let Jesus into the moment and see what he has to say. Listen.
  2. Slow to speak – I think in these moments we say things we often regret. I know in arguments and times where I am angry; I tend to say whatever pops in my mind without thinking. Again, let the Spirit guide you.
  3. Slow to get angry – I believe if we do the first two, it will lead us out of our anger. We will be able to know and analyze the situation before it gets to us. Allow Jesus to calm you. Breathe.

These are easy to read/say, but harder to actually do. The one thing I can say is when I feel like I am losing control of myself; I try to let Jesus take control.

Do I get angry often?

How do I handle arguments and stressful situations?

Dear Lord, help us to remember these few verses you have given us, knowing you will be glorified through our actions. Amen.

Have a great week!

C. Lyman

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