Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. (James 1:19, 20 NLT)
Anger is something that we all struggle with in our day to day to lives. It happens at work, school, homes and even relationships. And as such, we were always taught to speak on instincts and more importantly with an aggressive tone.
We believe that aggression provides us the respect and dominance that we desire in our lives, when in actuality it provides us disdain and powerlessness in our relationship with people. Human anger is more of a folly, than it is a rational judgement. Reason being that exemplifies “the Bull and the Red Cape” concept.
The matador, who is the “Bull fighter,” fights the Bull not with the sword but with a red cape. And his objective is to not fight the bull, but to ridicule the bull by making him run around in circles. And so when we submit to anger, and become the Bull, we actually become powerless and run in around in circles–or worse into traps. When we become fixated on the matador and its red cape (the evil in our lives) we charge into things or situations that do more harm than good.
So the spiritual lesson for this week: Do not let anger overcome your soul. It is okay to feel anger for it is human nature, but we all must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
Next week we will have a sermon from Patrick Wallace.