Slow Your Anger - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Slow Your Anger

July 30, 2020

Read James 1:19-20

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Reflect

Take some time to examine your listening and speaking lately. Have you been quick to listen and slow to speak? How quick has your anger been recently?

I don’t know if you spend time on social media or not. But if you do, I am sure you have noticed that many people are struggling with this one. I am willing to admit that I am not exempt! If you aren’t on social media, you can see this play out on the news, the radio, or if you attempt to talk politics at a family reunion.

If we come across a message that we do not agree with, many of us do not take the time to listen. We do not hear the heart of the person speaking. We do not listen to their reasoning or consider their point of view.

Instead, we are thinking of our comebacks while the other person is still talking. We fire back almost immediately with our own arguments. Even worse, we often reply in anger. It is not unusual to respond with name-calling or condescending arrogance. And most disheartening? Many of us behave this way even though we are believers in Jesus Christ.

James is reminding us that it is wise to listen more than we speak and to check our anger. First, in our relationship with God. We should be quick to listen to His Word and slower to speak our own. If we are angry at what God says, we are probably being convicted and need to humbly accept His Word over our own feelings and opinions.

This wisdom also applies to our relationships with other people. Pride says our opinions and thoughts are always right. Humility says God’s Word is always right, and my feelings are fallible. Selfishness says you need to listen to me. Love for my neighbor says I will listen to you more than I talk at you.

And if we disagree? Love for my neighbor says we can do so respectfully. Why? Because human anger does not produce godly righteousness. My anger towards others rarely leads to transformed lifestyles. Nor does it produce righteousness in my own life. Rather, my anger often tempts me to sin.

Pray

Father, I want to be righteous as You are. Open my ears to hear Your word and to love my neighbor well by being a good listener. Close my mouth when I need to learn to control my speech. And grant me wisdom and self-control to be able to handle my anger in a way that glorifies You. Amen.

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This was awesome. Just what I need to remember.🙏🏼✝️
Abba Father I seek your help you know about my anger in your great mercy forgive and transform me lord calm me and remove the anger waves that roll over me lord indeed you help father amen
Father thank you for these words of wisdom I have fallen short on my patience and easy angered. I'm asking for your forgiveness and to let me remember to ask you for your words come forth from my mouth and your light shine through me. In Jesus name I pray Amen
Amen. Me too.
Anger is so difficult to deal with.
Needed this today
It's difficult with my daughter. She's an adult and still treats me like she did in high school.
I remember when I use to do more speaking than listening. I've gotten better at listening opposed to just hearing myself speak. So I thank you Lord for the transformation from my old self into the new person that I am. GLORY TO GOD.
As an Christ followers should pray for quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, let God control of mouth.
Amen ! Lord give me wisdom, guidance and decrement . Help me not to fly off the handle when I’m in disagreement or righteous with someone ! Like Jesus said before you look at the speck in your brothers eye take the long out from your eye ! Or treat others as you would want to be treated !Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
I believe that the word "sister" in the James passage is missing an s on the end. Thank you so much for this reminder that I need every day! I am so grateful for The Lord's mercy, compassion, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ! Thank You, Lord!
PLEASE, GOD give me the strength to be Obedient to YOUR WORD. IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN !!!
This is just what we need every day! Unless we keep our tongues in check, we are always going to sin against God.
Important/timely reminder! I keep struggling with this at times, but thank God for His grace and mercy. Please pray for me. Father, I confess I struggle at 'slowing my anger' at times, and I ask Your forgiveness. Help me to be humble and loving. "Quick to listen to Your Word, and slow to speak mine". Grant we wisdom and self control in moments when I become angry. Thank You for Your forgiveness, mercy and grace.
So true...
The words are a Blessing.
Amen...so let it be unto me Lord....quick to hear but slow to SPEAK!
Amen
Needed thisvone this Morning!! Thank You
Thank you Lord for reminding me that is why you gave me two ears to listen more .Than you father .
This just made me cry! It’s a reminder of how far from God we are and having been talked to in this way is also a painful reminder.
Lord help me to listen to you and others so my anger will not lead to sin. Thank you for your word today. Amen
Wow! This is an issue that I deal with much too often. I had memorized the verse given for this devotional, but hearing it again with your devotional, brought me back into focus. Great Piece!
Thanks be to God! Lord, lead me to listen to others today rather than to speak quickly. So let me listen to your will and guidance today and everyday. Whether I speak or listen, I want to glorify God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Thaks so much God Bless you Amen
There are times when I wish that God wouldn't put me in situations where I would be tested in this area. It really bothers me.
Amen