Human Anger not indicative of God’s Righteousness

Scripture: James 1.  

(What is God saying here?)

James 1:19-22 (NLT)
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I would encourage anyone reading this devotional to read the whole chapter of James 1, as it is loaded with advice for us on how to live a Godly life. In these verses that I chose to highlight this morning, God is reminding me to always listen very carefully and be slow to get angry, because human anger is not indicative of God’s righteousness. I believe that many times we will be tempted to get angry, and many times we get angry because things are not done the way that we personally want them to be. I believe that I should always live in accordance with verse 21, live in accordance with the Word of God that is implanted in my heart. When I listen to God’s Word and act in accordance with what He is saying to me then I will be honoring God in my obedience, otherwise I am but a sounding cymbal, like another scripture says, meaning that I am making noise but it is not of God. Friends, unless we honor God in obedience to His Holy Word, then we are only fooling ourselves (vs 22). Let us therefore study the Word of God, plant it into our hearts and obey all that God commands of us and plants in our hearts.

(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, I am reminded that all good things come from above, and that You offer guidance to me through Your Word. Please may I be found righteous today because I have followed Your commands and honored Your Word. May this be so, not just for my own righteousness Lord, but so that others may see enough of You in me to want to know the Savior that I love, worship and adore. Please help me to be Your obedient servant this day, and may others that recognize this, want to know You as Lord and Savior.


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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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