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: 19-20
The above quote came from a devotional I was reading during my 'weekend away". I've had some issues lately that have ignited anger, or wrath. It's so hard to deal with angry emotions, especially when you know you are being ill treated. It's difficult to stand up for yourself without giving into the temptation of reacting in anger.
Be angry and do not sin; Have remorse upon your beds for what you say in your hearts. Psalm 4: 5
It is okay to be angry, but not to act with anger. One must even be remorseful for the angry words in your hearts. One must certainly repent of angry actions.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
Be careful of the words you speak while angry. Be sure they are imparted with grace. Stop, count to ten and pray before you speak.
Oh Lord, help me to not become discouraged and to be slow to speak and slow to become angry. Give me grace to follow the way of Your love. Help me to not sin when I am angry but to speak with grace, to respond with love instead of reacting with wrath. Help me to keep my head and be careful with my words and deeds. Help me to remember to pray continually in all moments and to seek You in the times of trouble. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.