Word 4U Today

TINY TEMPER

TINY TEMPER

 

In Genesis 4:3-7, we read that Cain was jealous that his brother’s gift was accepted and his wasn’t. He had let resentment build up. He hadn’t found a way of dealing with his forceful emotions, and his feelings had swayed his thinking. When he murdered his brother, a timeless truth rang out,

‘…A hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.‘‘ Proverbs 29:22 NLT.

Anger can be godly when used to move us to righteous action. We are right to feel angry about human trafficking, for instance. When we see injustice, it can be a Godly reaction to want to say something and make a difference.

But often anger is destructive leading to terrible consequences. Jesus said that when you let anger build up against someone in your heart, you’re already making a big mistake (Matthew 5:21-22) – anger can be a seriously damaging thing. Controlling it and asking God to keep it in check is a huge deal.

So, there’s a right way and a wrong way to be ‘angry’. One of the most helpful passages is ‘“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.’ (Ephesians 4:26-27).

When you can feel something stirring up within you, take a deep breath first and ask- is this going to create more pain, rather than lead to healing?

What Now?

Analyze your own anger: is it righteous or destructive? How are you going to deal with it?

Verse of the Day:

‘…A hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin’ Proverbs 29:22 NLT

Joy Ferdiz

June 12th, 2014

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