Slow to Anger
“My dearly beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.” James 1:19-20
Do you display unrighteous anger? It’s something I have struggled with since early in life. I am in my 40’s and I still fight this battle that rears its ugly head. I would be lying if I said it only happens periodically; it’s a sin that I fail at habitually. My anger is not always so evident to those around me with yelling or fits of rage, the majority of the time it sneaks in as defensiveness or impatience. The ladies over at UnSpeakable did a podcast that I listened to several times on the subject of anger. They spoke of loud anger and subtle anger, and personally, I struggle with subtle anger much more than loud anger. Huffing under the breath, stubbornness, rolling of the eyes, and defensiveness are all forms of subtle anger. I have those down perfect. Sisters, this is not something I am proud of. I see anger displayed in my own life and I certainly see it within the body of Christ. We must get a hold of this. I, especially, must get a hold of this.
Proverbs 20:11 says “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise name holds it in check”. I know I give vent to my anger, more times than I like to admit, but the Lord knows each and every time that I do. I don’t want to look in the mirror and see a fool. Anger and wrath are to be removed from us. Ephesians 4:31. Giving in to our anger -subtle or loud, is sin and is disobedience to God. I want to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. If we are to be about God’s righteousness, then unrighteous anger has no place embedded in our hearts.
Father, I confess the sin of anger. Examine my heart for displays of anger that are not always apparent to myself and those around me.
Is sinful, unrighteous anger something you struggle with, sisters? Let’s repent, dig into the Word, and pray the Lord will replace this in our hearts with joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23.