SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2016
Anger is a natural reaction to even the smallest injustices. When we feel we’ve been wronged, we feel justified in getting angry about it. But the gospel is a full court press against that kind of thinking. There are myriad reasons not to nurse anger, but none so powerful as the idea that we are to forgive as we have been forgiven. So let’s all be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry” (v. 19).
Key Study Passage: James 1:19-21
- In what ways are God’s anger and human anger similar and different?
- Is there such a thing as righteous human anger? Why or why not?
- Why can’t our anger “produce the righteousness God desires” (v. 20)?
- How should I respond when I feel like I have legitimate reasons to get angry?
- How can I put the three commands in verse 19 into practice?
Spend Time in Prayer: Thank God that justice is not in your hands, but his. Ask him to help you deal with your anger in ways that honour him and to give you the grace to forgive others when they have wronged you.
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