Who me? Get angry? Get aggravated?

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

James 1:19-20

My Bible study this week was on these verses…
So I thought…

Quick to listen? Something I need to work on. Slow to speak? Uh oh…another thing I need to work on! Slow to become angry? Ahhh…not a problem! Oops!!

I NEVER should have said that! I don’t really get angry…but I realized today I need to work on quick to get aggravated.

My husband asked me to go to the hardware store to pick up mulch and weed and feed. I was waiting for a car to back out of a parking space…and swoop…a truck snatches my place. I was obviously waiting for the space. “Jerk” was my first response.

Then when I saw the driver limp into the store I was ashamed!!

I parked way out in the North Forty, prayed for that dear lady, and thanked God for the ability to walk across the parking lot without difficulty.

I was reminded of the verses I had read earlier in the day…Susan, I shouted to myself…be slow to aggravation.

As I checked out of the hardware store there was a problem with the cost…the price of the weed and feed was not what the Ad said. Aggravated! Susan, I shouted to myself again…be slow to aggravation.

I may not have been angry…but there was no need to be aggravated for such trivial situations.

I thanked God for pointing out my short comings and helping me to recognize them.

Now…onto quick to listen and slow to speak. These will take a lifetime to work on if I try to do this by myself.

So, Lord, my prayer is to have you, Father God, help me be a better listener and to learn to be slow to speak. Amen

It surely is a good thing that my God is who He is…as He has his work cut out with helping me with my mouth!!

Lord, bridle my tongue…guide my words…may they be pleasing to you. Amen

Are you struggling with any of these commands? Join me in praying for the Lord’s help…He will be there!

I’ll keep you posted on how He works in me…why don’t you share with us how He is working in you.

Blessings, Susan

4 thoughts on “Who me? Get angry? Get aggravated?

  1. Linda

    I sure can relate! And…it seems every time I think “I” have an area “under control”, God quickly shows me how much I need his mercy and grace!! He is my only hope and the key to any form of self control is when I am I allowing His Spirit to be in control.


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