Scripture Reading: James 1: 19 -20
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God
Reflections: Apostle James warns us about wrath and reminds us to keep it under control. Wrath refers to the fiery outburst of anger that erupts into violent words and deeds. Before it subsides, it causes those who express it to inflict regrettable but irreparable ‘damages’ to the lives of it’s victims. The outburst of anger ultimately destroys our personality and reputation, as well as our relationship with God. Some individuals, for example, have abandoned their families, careers, or killed and physically injured others as a result of their intense anger. Indeed If there is one thing you should never do in a hurry, it is to express your anger! According to James, its outcome can never be God’s will! Solomon sums it all up by submitting that uncontrolled anger will label one as a fool (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
Prayer: Oh Lord, when I am provoked, grant me grace not to burst out into anger.
Confession: I don’t flare up tempers. I keep myself under control.