STOP BEING OFFENDED
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
Quick listen—Slow speak—Slow angry! (How ya doingw/this?) Society slow to listen, quick to speak, always angry
Easily Angered (not pleasing to God)—Hard admit—Some like being angry!
19 …Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20
- Your human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
(Decide) Do you want to make a point?
Do you want to make a difference?
37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ i 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love
your neighbor as yourself. Matt 22:37-39
Jesus didn’t call us to be RIGHT—He called us to be LOVING.
Gotta be angry to fight against injustices in world!
Lead with love—Not anger! (Not trying make point—Diff)
How do we learn to let go anger?
- Lower your expectations of others.
People will let you down.
Vs1 hard times will come in the last days…
2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. 2 Tim 3:2-4
Jesus was never shocked by self-centeredness.
Scandalized by immoral behavior.
Raise your gratitude for God’s grace!
How are we made right w/God? Not by being perfect…
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast. Eph 2:8-9