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How To Make Room For Satan
Nothing makes room for Satan more than wrath!
James 1:20 says - "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."
In the previous verse, the Apostle James exhorted us with these words - "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath"(James 1:19).
Interestingly enough, he doesn't stop there with "slow to wrath." For in the next verse he continues - "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." In other words, anger, violent passion, tantrums, and conniptions do not produce the virtue, purity, and correctness of thinking and feeling which should characterize a Christian's life.
The Bible, in most cases, speaks of anger in a disparaging manner. There are very few cases where it is commended.
Proverbs 27:4 says - "Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous..."
Job 5:2 says - "For wrath killeth the foolish man..."
Proverbs 19:19 says - "A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment..."
Therefore, we are exhorted in several Scriptures to put away and rid ourselves completely of anger and wrath -
Colossians 3:8 says - "...put off all these; anger, wrath..."
Ephesians 4:31 says - "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger...be put away from you..."
In keeping with the teachings of the Bible, there are many sayings relating to anger that are worth noting -
Pietro Aretino once said - "Angry men are blind and foolish!"
D. Edmond Hiebert commented - "Human anger never practices the things that God can approve."
And A.W. Tozer added this remark - "The fury of man never furthered the glory of God."
Certainly blind and foolish men do not produce the righteousness of God. Human anger or fury never perform the things God can approve of, nor do they further His glory.
A man by the name of Thomas Manton once said - "Nothing makes room for Satan more than wrath."
Consequently, we repeat the inspired words of the Apostle James - "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be...slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God"(James 1:19-20).
Let's make it our daily prayer that God would make us "swift to hear," "slow to speak," and especially "slow to wrath."
May God Bless His Word.