We’ve all experienced the damaging effects of anger, rage, and malice, either from us to others, or vice versa. The apostle James points us to the word of God and the message of Jesus as our path to freedom.
James instructs followers of Jesus to be quick to listen, and slow to speak in situations that can result in angry interactions. How can these two practices benefit you?
One of the key points in Pastor Rick’s message was “The practice of human anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” Have you discovered this to be true in your own life experience? How?
How would you describe the difference between a “righteous” anger as contrasted with an “unrighteous” anger? As you honestly evaluate your expressions of anger, are more of them of the righteous or unrighteous variety?
Pastor Rick noted that James points us to the word of God and the message of Jesus as being essential in living free from destructive, unrighteous anger. In what ways can you apply this truth to your life situations where you are prone to become angry?
Ask God to show you if there is an ‘unmet expectation’ or a ‘fear’ that often shapes your angry responses. What truth about your being in the kingdom of God can you apply to the situation?