So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:19 – 1:20 NKJV)
—noun: strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire.
vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.
I believe wrath to be the fruit of hate. It is the action, activity and work of hate fully formed.
I came face-to-face with the deep, emotional injury caused by the abandonment of a father to his daughter. This selfish act of this broken man has formed a profound void in the heart of this woman.
Intense anger filled my heart. What can I, a mere human, do with this kind of emotion? Vengeance is the popular culture’s answer and a desire to be a part of that vengeance, would seem to satisfy. I went to bed with these emotions. Sleep was troubled, to say the very least.
The Word of God is the answer to every, EVERY situation, circumstance, sin, pain, loss. This morning I turned to the only answer…His word. In James I found the above instruction. Wrath does not produce righteousness..hmmmm? So why do I need to produce righteousness? I thought I was already “righteous in Christ”? Well, yes, but it is also something that becomes an established part of our soul. It is a breastplate (protection). Finally, it is the weapon of our warfare in the healing of these hurting people.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed [of this wrath] The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16 NKJV)
What can I, a mere human, do with this kind of emotion? I can pray. Pray for God’s forgiveness, pray for the ability to forgive the person and pray for the healing of them both. He promises my prayer avails much.