When Anger Is Triggered
For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. — James 1:20
Every man has some form of anger issue. So we need to accept that we will all eventually express some form of an angry response. Some of us tend to implode and there are others who explode. And I think it's good to know how we express it. But I think it's even more important to evaluate what triggers our anger. I think it good for us to look long and deep at the injustices that trigger this response from us. You see we each have our irritations, injuries, or injustices that elicit our angry emotion. Most of the time it's related to an issue of the past that manifests itself in the present. While this catches us by surprise, it shouldn't. This is because anger has an identifiable trigger but also an identifiable result. And the writer says here, unrestrained worldly anger does not produce the righteousness of God. So just as every man's anger has a trigger, it also has an effect. And it might do us well to assess today both what triggers our anger and the effect of our anger. Because I guarantee this — at some point today you will be angry. And right now you get to choose. Will you lead your anger, or will you let it lead you?
ASK THIS: What are the triggers and responses of your anger? (List them in the comment section below)
DO THIS: Let God lead you when your anger is triggered.
PRAY THIS: God, take the injustices of my past and heal them. And take my passions and direct them. May I give more care to the words I speak and how I speak them to those around me today. And when the enemy tries to trip me up, given me the foresight to see the moment coming.
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