Is It Bad To Get Mad? - The One Year Daily Wisdom

Is It Bad To Get Mad?

Read Proverbs 29

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

James 1:19-20

When you get miffed, ticked, or steamed, are you more likely to (a) flip your lid; (b) fly off the handle; (c) hit the ceiling; or (d) blow either a fuse, a gasket, or your top?

Truth is, lots of things can happen when we get too hot under the collar, and most of them are not good. Uncontrolled anger causes more grief and regret than just about any other emotion.

The apostle James, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, offered this wise checklist for those moments when we feel our blood starting to boil. First, make an extra effort to listen (especially to what God might be trying to say to you in the situation). Second, bite your tongue (careless words will only aggravate a tense situation). Third, don’t let your emotions cause you to sin (see Ephesians 4:26).

We should never ignore or deny angry feelings, but we should not let them control us either.


Accelerate listening; put the brakes on anger.

Today, Lord, I want to honor you in those frustrating, angry moments of life. Keep me from reacting sinfully. Help me respond graciously.

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The One Year Daily Wisdom
By Neil Wilson and Livingstone

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