SOURCE: Living Free
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James 1:19 NLT
Anger is a God-given emotional energy designed for good. It can lead to sin, but doesn’t have to. We can control our thoughts and actions. We can stop allowing anger to master us. The Bible teaches that we should not be quick-tempered.
We need to slow down and think about things before we respond in anger. We have all blurted out hurtful angry remarks and then wished we could take the words back. Slowing down can help us avoid these situations.
The next time someone does or says something that you don’t like—stop! Take a deep breath. Consider your response. You can avoid a lot of hurt and regret by making the right choices at this point.
Father, help me look beyond what people say and see their heart. Forgive me for the times I have responded to quickly—and foolishly—in anger. Teach me to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Anger: Our Master or Our Servant by Larry Heath.