My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Sergio Garcia has made the headlines this season for all the wrong reasons. The most recent incident occurred last Sunday at the WGC event in Memphis. Garcia violently slammed his club into the tee box turf creating a crater sized divot. At the Open earlier this month, he threw his club across the tee box toward his caddie after another wayward shot. Probably the most ridiculous incident occurred this February in Saudi Arabia. Garcia allowed his anger to get the best of him and he damaged several greens during an extreme tantrum. This behavior resulted in him being disqualified from the event.
Anger is a difficult emotion to control. Even everyday stresses cause some to react in anger. Why is it so easy for us to hide happiness and even love, but so easy to show anger? In Ephesians 4:27, Paul warned that anger gives a foothold to the devil and promotes a tendency to sin. Anger exhibits a frustration over an inability to have control over a situation. Most of the time the anger is misdirected, i.e. throwing a golf club because of a bad shot. Consider how difficult it is to obey the word and ordinances of God in a state of anger. When anger is exhibited, it has to be put at the forefront of the situation. Anger is hard to hide and is too often directed toward our brethren who are innocent in the matter. Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, that “love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.” When we act in a true spirit of love, anger takes a backseat!