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)
Apparently in the early 1900’s, it was a fashion faux pas to wear a straw hat after September, exchanging it for warmer felt ones. In New York City, 1922, a group of youths hurried the deadline up by a few days and started knocking people’s straw hats off and stomping them, as was the fashion. What resulted was a three day riot that injured many in fistfights around town and many others in jail! The New York Times called it “The Straw Hat Riot”, which was a minor incident but a great emotional hassle.
As the Bible points out, being quick to anger will not produce the righteous effects that God desires to accomplish. Who knew that a minor prank by kids could literally paralyze America’s largest city for days! And while some found it hilarious, God was the loser, because when people react in anger, it’s almost impossible to display God’s compassion and love.
While anger is easy to fall into, it’s also a choice. When others “knock off your hat”, realize that God didn’t prevent it, so He just might be giving you an opportunity to show grace that changes a life! Listen and hear God BEFORE you act! Live and love without needing to apologize! You are loved today!