Tackling the Other Green Monster

James 1:19-20

Remember the intro to the Incredible Hulk TV Show back in the 70’s?  “Dr. David Banner: physician; scientist. Searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs. The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter. (Bixby: “Mr. McGee, don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”–a clip from the first pilot) The creature is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. David Banner is believed to be dead, and he must let the world think that he is dead, until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.”

How many of us find when we are “angry or outraged” that a “startling metamorphosis occurs?”  We can go from “happy go lucky” to “mean and green” in no time flat.  Rage – a monsterous hulk – controls us.

James offers a formula help us slow down the transformation process.  “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life God desires.” 

We all get angry.  Sometimes it is right to become angry… against an injustice for instance.  But we must remember… ultimately it will not be our anger that will accomplish the righteousness of God.  It is best to take James’ approach:  Slow down, listen more, speak slower and diffuse your anger.

So heed my advice, today!  Get rid of your rage!  Do it!  Don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry!

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