From Pastor’s Desk: 11-20-16
James 1:20 …the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
Anger has long been the center of controversy in a Christian’s life. Many of us (and I do mean US) struggle with this sometimes less than admirable trait.
The world knows how Christians ought to live better than most Christians. They think we do not have the option of being, or the right to be, angry. Theirs’ is a, most of the time, scanned overview or hearsay approach to how we should conduct ourselves.
Sadly, many times they are right in their evaluation of Christendom. And that’s why, most likely, this Scriptural principle is “in the mix” of how and what our conduct should consist of. James 1:20 is a qualifying statement offered to the preceding verse (19); “…be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
Ephesians 4:26 says, “…don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry…” -NLT. The KJV is, in my opinion, the better translation here because a highly significant impact is leveled with “…let not the sun go down on your WRATH” and goes further with verse 27, explaining the why; “…for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.”
The significance is realized when we understand the Greek word for and meaning of “wrath” which is: παροργισμός parorgismos (par-org-is-mos’); rage.
Yours truly has experienced first-hand the effects of anger being the primary reason of schisms in long-term friendships. Someone gets angry at something said or done, severing the relationship to the degree that there is a complete breach for many years, many times never to be reconciled. Too often, this happens in family units as well.
This is the why we are to “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Anger never settles anything or anyone, but only tends to make matters worse.