Timeless truths about anger. Normally, we become angry because our expectations are not fulfilled. Whatever the reason for your anger, one thing is absolutely certain, it does not “achieve the righteousness of God.” The “anger of man” is the opposite of the “righteousness of God.” Did Jesus become angry? Yes! The Bible tells us to “be angry and sin not… do not let the sun go down on your anger because you will give the devil an opportunity.” The fact is the most of the time our anger becomes sinful.
If you have an anger issue, then I would encourage you to do these things that will help you:
First, read the book of Proverbs and underline every verse that addresses anger. Then go back and read those verses and meditate on them.
Second, seek to understand more than you seek to be understood. James 1 teaches us that the antidote to anger is to “be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” That means that when you are quick to hear, you are more interested in listening with the intent to understand than to respond or retaliate.
Third, pray. When you pray, get before the Lord God and be silent. Allow His Spirit to speak to you. Usually, we spend more time in prayer talking to God than listening to God. Here’s a question: In that conversation, who knows more? Since He does, it only makes sense to let the one who knows more talk more! The more we learn to listen in order to understand, the greater our capacity for understanding others. That lengthens the fuse of our anger.
“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 NASB