“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind; that man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
“The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. While the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, for he will pass away like the wildflower. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, a rich man fades away even as he goes about his business.”
“When tempted, no one should say ‘God is tempting me’, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.”
“Dear brothers and sisters, take note of this; everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
Yeah! We’re memorizing James 1 and we’re doing great! If you’re doing this with me, I know you are being blessed. I am. I love having this portion of scripture etched on my brain. God uses it all of the time in my life. Here’s the next verse,
” because man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. ”
Our anger is not right for us.
It makes us say things we shouldn’t say. It makes us do things we shouldn’t do. We are not quick to listen and not slow to speak when we are angry.
Our anger is often based on self-centeredness. Something was done to us. Something was said to us or about us. It focuses our attention on ourselves, our emotions.
Away from God. Away from the peace of God. Away from the forgiveness of God. Away from the unconditional acceptance that we only get from God.
James tells us in his third chapter that true righteousness is sown in peace, not in anger.
Dear Father, please help us deal positively with our anger and grow our righteousness.