James 1:19-27, 3:13-18, 4:1-12
Seek to understand
Be careful what you say
Delay your reaction
The Antidote to Anger (James 1:21)
Meekness = Gentleness
The virtue when hatred and anger stirs us up: being restrained by kindness
A huge roadblock in our gospel testimony is the lack of gentleness that many followers of Jesus display in their public lives.
Absence of Gentleness
Jealousy (3:14; 4:2): “I deserve that”
Judgmentalism (4:11-12): “They don’t deserve that”
Gentleness (James 3:13-18)
Comes from God
Quick to mend relational fences
Looking for opportunities to help
Commitment to unity in the church
In the age of rage, there is a great need for gentleness!
The question isn’t who gets angry, but why we all get angry.
Hurt, Frustration, Fear
Ask Jesus to… (James 4:1-12)
Heal our hurt
Relieve our frustration
Overcome our fear