James 1:19–20 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
“When Sinbad and his sailors landed on one of their tropical islands, they saw high up in the trees coconuts which could quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger. The coconuts were far above the reach of Sinbad and the sailors, but in the branches of the trees were the chattering apes. Sinbad and his men began to throw stones and sticks up at the apes. This enraged the monkeys and they began to seize the coconuts and hurl them down at the men on the ground. That was just what Sinbad and his men wanted. They got the apes angry so that the apes would gather their food for them. That is a good illustration of how by indulgence in anger we play into the hands of our foes.” ~ C. E. Macartney
James tells us that as biblical men we should be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”. That is good and practical advice as we live in a world with such obvious anger management issues.
Anger and wrath not only consume the man who doesn’t control those emotions, but it also tends to tear apart the insides of the people that they love. What a tragedy to inflict such emotional pain on those they care about most.
The devil plays close to the emotions of wrath and anger. Consider the following scriptures:
Ephesians 4:31–32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Colossians 3:8 “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”
Did you happen to notice the other sinful behaviors that tend to accompany wrath and anger? The devil draws near to those emotions, to entice you, and those around you, into bitterness, clamour, evil speaking, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication.
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
Today’s Inspirational Song: How Great Thou Art