Saturday, June 27, 2009

The wrath of man

What is the wrath of man? It's easy to understand the wrath of God. If we're disobedient and go against God's will and direction we can experience his wrath. But what about the wrath of man? Basically it can be the same way... if we go against what another man directs us to do and we disobey we might experience the wrath of that man. There's a problem however with the wrath of man. That is that man does not reproduce God's righteousness when he dishes out his wrath. God is all powerful and creator of all things. The world and everything in it are His to do with as he pleases. As for man, it's on loan to us. Whatever has been given to us is temporary. I know of no one that took all of his possessions with him when he died and if by chance they buried it all with him, you could go dig it up and it would still be there today. Nothing goes with us after we die. Yet we work so hard to gain possessions while we're here.

Relationships instead of possessions are what's important to God. To build relationships we must be sensitive and good listeners. The bible says to be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. (James1:19) It's hard to listen if we're doing the talking. Be slow to speak and instead be quick to listen. This way we'll keep our anger in check and we'll think twice before we unleash our frustration, angered speech, or actions onto someone else... or as the bible calls it... our wrath.

In James 1:20 it says... the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
It's pretty clear isn't it? When we unleash our wrath on another person, the righteousness of God is not produced. Our anger never represents a loving God, instead it shows our true thoughts and feelings. Just remember, when we do lose our temper and unleash our wrath, be quick to know that's it's wrong and be quick to apologize for the error of our ways. Usually people are quick to forgive if they know we truly regret our actions and ask for forgiveness. We're all going to get upset with other people, it's our natural tendency within us, but through God's power and strength within us we won't unleash our wrath but instead calmly listen and redirect. Only God's people can endure trials and still remain calm during the storm. It's not from us, but from God. When someone wrongs us in some way our reaction is to retaliate, that is unless the Spirit of God is at work in you. With God it may be to forgive and restore the relationship instead of fighting.

Remember, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.


Anonymous said...

everything i just read was in exact comparison with my life. i can get heated up and frustrated real quick. yet i am able to realize it and relax myself. this article i just came across, some how i feel its not a coincidence. so i hope to take this as a sign, and learn to control my thoughts, actions, and behavior. which as my family tells me in other words, im completely changing...

Wendy Elliott said...

Later on in the book of James (2:8) we are to fulfill the royal law to love our neighbor as ourselves. I give myself a lot of slack when I mess up & so does God with His amazing grace. I should give others that same mercy. In 3:17 it says that a person living out God's wisdom is full of mercy. And in 2:13 it says our judgement will be without mercy if we don't give mercy to others. I need the Lord's work in me desperately!

Thanks for your devo!