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Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires
(James 1:20; NLT).

1. Anger is so dangerous:
It makes me think I should proceed
To voice my hasty judgements,
Though I crush the weakest reed.

2. Anger is so damaging:
It makes me feel I have a right
To vent my heedless blame,
Though I put out a dying light.

3. Help me, Lord, to curb my tongue,
My rash assumptions, too,
Then I’ll treat everyone with love,
And grow much more like you.



1. 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; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

He will not crush the weakest reed (Matthew 12:20; NLT).

2. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

He will not […] put out a flickering candle (Matthew 12:20, NLT).

3. If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless (James 1:26; NLT).

Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions (Ecclesiastes 10:13; NLT).

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NLT).

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

4 thoughts on “Anger

  • Amen 🙏
    How I need to pray this often…I am easily angered. But by constant watchfulness and prayers in the moment I can control it. Living a surrendered life is not easy, but it is spiritually fruitful in preventing the sins of humanity spilling out. Thank you for this devotion, can I save this? God bless you sister.

  • You just helped me learn something new about Jesus, Ruth! He doesn’t break bruised reeds or blow out flickering candles, but brings healing instead! And WE should be the same. One literal interpretation of the label Christian is, “little christ.” May we follow in His steps. Thank you for your faithfulness to our Lord, sister! Blessings.

    • Perfect! Thank you so much for your message, David. We should indeed constantly be growing more and more like Christ. My blessings to you, as well XXXX

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