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Monday, May 1st, '19

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BLOWING YOUR STACK CAUSES AIR POLLUTION

"For the wrath of man [never produces] the righteousness of God" (James 1:20)

 

It has been stated that hot words never result in cool judgment. Another good quote is that when you give someone a piece of your mind you lose the piece of your heart. Or how about this one, if you give someone a piece of your mind you make your head a little emptier. Personally, I prefer the title of this mini-message, blowing your stack causes air pollution. James wrote, "...let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath" (James 1:19) Words need to be weighed; the quick answer needs to be bridled with patience. Wrath here implies a quick flash or fit of temper. It is more than anger. Jesus was angry over the merchandisers' misuse of the Temple. Divine intolerance grows into eventual wrath. But that wrath is never uncontrolled, used as a weapon of spite or aimed to "get even" with others.

 

Risking sounding like a cliché factory let me give you one more - "If you speak when you are angry you will deliver the best speech you will ever regret". How often we wish we could recall words like defective auto parts but we are not afforded that luxury. Once words are out they are out. When the lion is loose from its cage the zookeeper is left to clean up the carnage. "A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards" (Proverbs 29:11). The fruit of patience operates amid agitation. Self-control is the control that works when tried and challenged. They say a honey jar and vinegar jar both look pretty much the same. You can't tell the two apart until they get "upset", then what is on the inside is exposed. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The fruit of the tree reveals the root of the tree. If a bramble bush is in the genetic code of the plant then it will produce thorns. If the plant is a pear tree then obviously the fruit is pears. What kind of fruit are we bearing?

 

We all have had personal dealing with road rage. Now the FAA is dealing with "air rage", acts of violence in crowded stuffy planes. It seems the whole society is a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode. A 1995 issue of the Dallas Morning News reported an anger management workshop leader who got so mad at one of his anger management clients that he "punched him, knocked him to the ground, and continued beating him..." Eventually the man died. Imagine that, even the anger management psychologists have gone berserk!

 

Eugene Peterson paraphrases the nineteenth verse as this, "Lead with your ears, follow with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear". Anger never promotes God's righteousness. By that James is saying that no matter how righteous we believe our "righteous indignation" to be, acting upon it never furthers the Kingdom. Parents sometimes discipline by reaction rather than composed action and the result is seldom if ever profitable. Solomon said that "the rod of his anger shall fail" (Proverbs 22:8). A mad dad may reap fear but never respect. The same goes for us preachers. We want them to see the whites of our eyes, but no one needs to see red. Anger is one letter short of danger. Jesus said, "Whosoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire" (Matthew 5:22). Notice that boiling judgment is for angrily calling someone a fool not even mentioning the plethora of expletives available in most vocabularies. To really be "cool" we have to keep a cool head. I know that our emotional stability will be tested but it is in the test that supernatural grace comes. Blowing your stack only adds to the pollution level


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