Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry. James 1:19 CEBAppropriate, don’t you think? God’s perfect timing.
I’ve been thinking about each part of this verse and what it means in my life.
For many, anger has been an initial reaction for so long, it takes over without even thinking about it. To change this first response takes intentionally recognizing how I feel and why.
I don’t mean what might be a common prayer…God, change her! She’s making me mad.
By taking it to God, I make the intentional decision to address it with Him, instead of letting it boil inside.
Talking to friends and family may help, but it’s important to realize that it often just gives momentum to the anger. Talking to others helps us feel justified—we want reassurance that we have every right to feel the way that we do. However, if you feel more irritated after sharing, it probably didn’t help the situation at all.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this anger issue. What do you struggle with most?