10/3/2017 James 1.19-21


      What makes you angry?  ...James addressed that question by saying that "the wrath (anger) of man does not produce the righteousness that God desires."


      That began a great discussion! Especially since anger is an emotion and we are emotional creatures... 

 

      It's probably not the emotion that James is cautioning about, rather how we allow it to play out. You know what I mean... do we in anger curse our fellow man - who by the way is created in the image God? Do we allow our emotion to overcome our good sense? Do we have to go back and apologize for our angry outbursts? Are we embarrassed or ashamed of our conduct when we are angry?


      And, similar to last week's question, how do we account for something making me incredibly angry and the very same thing not even bothering someone else?


     Those who lose their temper give people a wrong impression about Christianity. Is it still true that "he who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city"? (Prov. 16:32)..


       We'll begin this week with "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1.22)  Do what?


       And what exactly is religion???


      Recently read: "I don't know why some people change churches;  What difference does it make which one you stay home from?"