[January 14]
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. James 1:19
THE force of character which permits of anger is the very same force which otherwise directed signifies intensity of love: the inability to be angry under proper cause would imply imperfection, blemishes, just as inability to love strongly would imply similar defects of character....We who have been begotten of the Holy Spirit and who thus have the "mind of Christ," have the mind or disposition that is loving, generous, kind, forgiving toward our fellows and that is reverential and obedient toward God. This is the spirit or disposition that is of the Father and of the Son: the opposite disposition or spirit is of the Adversary. The two spirits or dispositions are so opposite that we cannot have both at once—we cannot serve God and mammon, Christ and Belial. Z'07-26 R3928:2,4(Hymn 49)