Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper- it only leads to harm. Psalm 37:8
Anger Does Not Produce Righteousness
Anger can be one of the most dangerous emotions. It can start as just a little spark and then, before you know it, it erupts into a flame and starts a fire. Temper turns into rage. The Psalmist is warning the reader to stop being angry and turn from rage. If you lose your temper it could only lead to harm. We see this in the world today in politics, relationships, celebrities, and more. Countries against countries, families against families, politicians against politicians and sides against other sides. Anger ignites.
James 1:19-20 tells us, “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.” We should be quick to listen to each other and slow to speak and get angry. Be patient with one another in love. Offer grace and forgiveness. Then we will be able to produce righteousness.
A Prayer to Remember
Help me be quick to listen and slow to become angry. May I be gracious and forgiving when others wrong me. May I follow your example. Amen.