“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – James 1:19-20

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TODAY’S WORD…

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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.

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– James 1:19-20

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REFLECTION…and PRAYER…

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It is okay to be angry – though slowly.

It is how we express our anger, which is crucial.

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St. Paul wrote, "In your anger do not sin." (Eph 4:26)

Anger is a natural emotive reaction, but it must be controlled.

We must be angry ‘in the right way’

or else we will be sinning.

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St. Gregory the Great tells us,

“‘Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires’

because when one’s mind is not at peace, one’s critical faculty is impaired

and one judges to be right whatever one’s anger suggests.”

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Uncontrolled anger clouds our judgment when making decisions.

It makes it difficult to get on with others;

it causes discord;

and it also makes it difficult to see where the truth lies.

With our loved ones, anger causes deep hurt.

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When we act in anger

we are not acting justly in God’s eyes.

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Lord, make me quick to listen,

slow to speak

and slow to become angry.

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Lord, I want to be righteous in Your eyes.

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