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Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Fruits of Our Anger

James 1: 19-20

“19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”

I know people who tell stories about their anger; when they got mad and shouted at someone; when they really told off this person or that person.  And they tell these stories with a sense of pride and accomplishment.  

Should we view our anger in this way?  Scripture tells us that when we walk in anger we do not walk with God.  Our anger does not transform us into a Godly person.  

We do not grow closer to God because of our anger.  In fact, our anger normally causes us to sin, and sin separates us from God.  Our anger quenches the Holy Spirit.

The fruits of our anger are not of God.

May the love of Christ be with you

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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