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James 1:19-20 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.
My life is short in its number of years but rich in experience, and I’ve realized that acting out in anger has never brought me lasting joy or benefit.
I admit to you, who I know will love me anyway, that the results of my anger have been fear, self-disgust, and disingenuous relationships. Anger is just so easy! And being a Christian dedicated to loving others is hard. It is okay to admit this. This way of love is so, so difficult.
Cultivating a habit of being quick to listen is worlds harder than lashing out in anger. This letter from James reads right to us: anger does not promote God’s righteousness. Try listening and love instead.
MOVING FORWARD: The next time you are tempted to respond in anger, stop and take a deep breath. Say a prayer for patience and grace.