June 19, 2012 by Chris French
In James 1.19-21 James is talking about how I should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get mad because my anger doesn’t produce God’s righteousness. My anger gives off a lot of things, but making me more holy isn’t one of those things! The thing that I can do to get rid of my anger is to get rid of the filth and sin I’ve been keeping in my life. I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that during the darkest points in my life when I let sin rule me I have problems controlling my anger. James called it! My anger may not produce God’s righteousness, but my sin does produce that unholy anger.
Later in James 1.26 he starts talking about people that have a problem controlling their language. We usually brush that off as a slip of the tongue, but James says it’s a symptom of a much deeper problem: a faith problem. He says in chapter 3 that even though it is so hard to control your tongue that if you don’t master it your faith isn’t worth anything. This is certainly one area where we’ve gotten away from God’s ideal! We write this off, but God says it’s a big deal! Shouldn’t it be a big deal to me too? Shouldn’t the things that make God uncomfortable make me uncomfortable? Shouldn’t i hate the things He hates? We’ve tolerated things in our society that God hates for far too long. If we’re His children shouldn’t we act like Him? Your temptation to curse, gossip or slander someone is a flashing red light that means you should step back and evaluate your faith. Spend more time in His Word, pray more, focus on Christian friendships. Your tongue is dangerous. Learn to control it! When you feel the desire to use it in a way that doesn’t glorify God stop and take stock of your faith.