Today I should have remembered the words in James, and I would have been wise to remember the life of my sweet Savior. I should have been slow to wrath. I wasn’t and I sinned against my Lord and I broke a tender heart in the process. I will be working this day out on my knees tonight but I thought I’d try to get some good out of it by sharing some of the verses that helped me see my anger for what it really was, sinful pride.
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:30-32
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Ephesians 5:1-2
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. Psalms 37:8
There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. Psalms 38:3
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. Proverbs 15:18
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. Proverbs 19:11
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? Proverbs 27:4
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9
As always my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ may the Father bless, keep and strengthen you as you continue to:
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
knowing that you can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you. Philippians 4:13