19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20)
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
Blessings in Christ Jesus Lord of lords, King of kings!
In the book of James, I see a foundational principal in my walk with Christ that if I am slow to speak and quick to listen, I will also be slow to wrath. That way if there is any wrath at all, there is a greater possibility it is a righteous wrath that God has established in me and not a wrath of the flesh. I’m sure James had the above proverbs in mind when he wrote his exhortation for us to read today.