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Move Slow to Anger


The Word of God says in James 1:19-20, "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires."


And Ephesians 4:26-27 says, "And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil."


Let me raise both of my hands even before we get started. Surely I am not the only one who has flown off the handle without thinking. As a single mother raising two teenage boys, I quickly get angry. I've said things that I know I shouldn't have. I even got so angry that I threw a very nice crystal vase at my youngest son. Yes, it broke into pieces, and I didn't even care at the moment. I later regretted it, but he didn't know it.


The Word of God tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.


I wasn't doing much abiding by the Word at that time. I wasn't familiar with this scripture, not that it matters because something in me spoke to me. I just wasn't listening. I knew how I responded in anger was not right. But in the heat of the moment, you are not really thinking. I guess that is why the Word says to be slow to speak and slow to anger. God desires righteousness and quickly getting angry does not look good in God's eyes.


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