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Date published: 03/22/2011

James 1:20-21 “For man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” 

Anger can produce positive or negative results.  A steam engine produces and traps heat to produce energy.  Similarly anger produces heat by producing a rise in emotions that needs to be expressed.  Your choice is to express it in an ungodly manner or allow the Holy Spirit to express it through the fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  Allowing the Holy Spirit to take control of your life allows God to use an explosive opportunity that could either malign His name or refine you so that Christ can better express His life through you.  1 Peter 1:7-8 says, “These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  Controlling the heat of your emotions does not come naturally.  Constantly submit your life to Christ while cultivating greater intimacy with Him.  This will make the submission of your emotions to Jesus second nature.  Before you know it, you will see times of intense emotion as an exhilarating opportunity to see God work through you.  James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”  Pray into every day for God to use trials, stress, and problems as an opportunity to magnify Jesus through you on earth!

1 Corinthians 3:13 “His work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light.  It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.” (NIV)