Slow To Anger

We live in angry times. How many times do we succumb to road rage when someone cuts us off and we fly off the handle? Have you checked your Facebook feed lately? There’s a lot of anger out there! James wrote:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. – James 1:19-20 (NIV)

There are three keys that help unlock a righteous life, according to James. First, be quick to listen. We don’t listen to each other anymore. We hear what people say, but too often, we are composing arguments in our heads. Second, we need to be slow to speak. God gave you two ears and one mouth. Listen before you speak. Finally, we need to control our anger. There ARE things to get angry about, but flying off the handle and losing our tempers are not what God has in mind. Take a deep breath and count to ten before you lose it today. You’ll be one step closer to the kind of life God desires for you.

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