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. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” James 1: 19-21
In this passage, James is telling us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
This is not just GREAT advice, it’s also the way God is.
Psalm 145:8 says, “The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.”
Exodus 34:6 says, “ The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out,
“Yahweh! The Lord!
The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
The only time in the New Testament that Jesus got angry was when the people were selling stuff in the temple. (Which was righteous anger. See Matthew 21:12-13)
I have tried to learn how to NOT react to what people say or do. It is not easy. However, this is a way to practice being slow to speak. If we always react and say the first thing in our minds, then we could end up hurting folks.
Once again, when we realize that the negative stuff that happens to us is not from God, and it’s not even really the person who is doing it, it’s the dark principalities of this world, that can help you think before you get angry or react.
Is this an area you struggle with? If you’d like prayer, let me know. I’d be glad to pray for you.
God bless you today and always!