James 1:19 - Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
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Anger is a little ugly. We’ve all been there, maybe you’ve been there at least once today already. That place where, for whatever reason, anger starts to churn and burn and boil inside. That place where it’s hard to let it go, but so easy to fan those flames. It feels even a little good to get angry and fly off the handle. But when the handle has been flown and you step back from the boil, you don’t like what it made you do. Anger can get ugly.
James says, “Anger does not bring about the righteousness of God”. Anger does not work out and produce, it does not accomplish the things of God. Now, don’t do what I have done so many times. I’ve masked with deception my own personal anger by calling it righteous indignation. But righteous indignation doesn’t lead me to say and do things that I regret. Only anger does that.
What does work out, accomplish, and produce the righteous life that God desires? Listening first, speaking last, and allowing His peace to work out in you first. After that, if you’re angry, it’s justified and right. And only then will it be righteous indignation that leads to the righteous life God desires.
Don’t let anger work out ugliness and regret in you today. Let God work out and accomplish His desires in you.