What does anger accomplish?
There are some things I know very well, but I find them hard to do. I’ll say it another way. Having the knowledge of what is right, does not always translate into the act of doing what is right.
You know exactly what I mean! We are human, so as long as we live on this earth, we will not be free from the temptation to choose evil, even though we know better.
James addresses this in James 1:19 when he writes about anger with this reminder, "This you know, my beloved brethren." Before he delivers a profound truth on the matter of personal anger, James reminds us, "You already know what you should do. You already know the right thing to do. I’m not giving you new information."
Then he lays out a truth that we need to hear every day, "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." There it is. It does no good to respond to any situation or discussion with anger. The Kingdom of God is not advanced by human anger. God doesn’t need our angry reactions to accomplish His purposes. He gets no glory through our anger.
There is an epidemic of anger everywhere – in homes, governments, businesses, churches, media, in the streets – everywhere! Protests, arguments, confrontations and battles are all too common. It’s easy to join in with our angry responses on social media or in face-to-face confrontations. Before you fall to the temptation, stop and quote this verse to yourself, "... the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God."
By the way, James adds a further helpful thought. "Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls" (James 1:21).
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