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Day 14: The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God

by on March 22, 2011

Just a small portion from our Bible Study for tonight.

When I get angry (which is not very often), I will often try to find a way to be indignant and justified in my anger.  I will have a darn good reason to be angry.  This is when the verse “in your anger, do not sin” comes out as a blanket permission statement to be mad.  “It doesn’t say DON’T be angry, it says WHEN…”

In this section, James is telling us that we need just shut up sometimes.

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. (Jas 1:19-20, NASB)

When I came across these verses, it got me thinking about my righteous anger.  Though it is technically okay to get angry, James is telling us that this anger will rarely do us any good, and it definitely won’t help us to achieve the righteousness of God.  So, the long and the short of it: While it is okay for you to get angry, it is seldom constructive and does not help you become more Christ-like.

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One Comment
  1. So is righteous anger just “OK” or is it actually commendable?

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