To Avoid Anger #676

19  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20  for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19–20, NKJV)

Instead of listening to the urgings and enticements of sin (see Jas. 1:13-16), we should be swift to hear “the word of truth” (Jas. 1:18-19). Instead of speaking rashly and letting anger boil up and spill over in angry words, we must keep hearing the word of God. When God’s word is heard and obeyed it produces “the righteousness of God” (v. 20). This controlled spirit avoids sin, but the angry heart spews out transgressions (Prov. 29:22). Don’t give in to the temptation to be ruled by angry passion. It never brings you closer to God.