The Failure of Our Wrath

Michael Beck

“For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20)

Anger can be channeled into productive action, but all that is the product of our wrath will fail. No good can come from sinful expressions of anger. Our passion must be regulated by God. In Christ we are not permitted the full free vent of all our desires and emotions. Nothing but Jesus is to be Lord. The members of our body are to be at His service. We are no longer our own to do as we please. The words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart are to be acceptable in His sight.

A man who resorts to wrath is known as an angry man. The angry man wins many battles, but he always loses the war. He may temporarily gain control, but at what cost? Those who feel the force of his oppressive weight ultimately hate and despise him. He who wins souls is wise, but the angry person is foolhardy in his behavior, and wins no one. He constantly loses the esteem of those around him. They may fear him, but they don’t love or respect him. They wait for the moment when they can leave his orbit and escape his grip.

Would you be a successful leader, then you must see the folly of having wrath in your arsenal. Wielding a rod of anger yields nothing good. “He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.” (Prov. 22:8) Those who discipline in anger only reproduce anger in those under them. (Prov. 22:24,25) God knows how to produce righteousness in human beings. He does not call us to utilize wrath to accomplish His ends. He calls us to put off all anger and wrath, along with all “clamor,” (i.e., the raising of our voices.) (Eph. 4:31)

In a day of rage, when so many are out of control, make a decision that you will be a person who is always under the control of the Holy Spirit. Let Him work temperance, gentleness, longsuffering, and patience in you. Grow through the most trying relationships you face. Don’t let the fire of your passions destroy you and damage others. Be angry, but sin not.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.