THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
- James 1:17-25
Many lives are littered with regrets for actions taken in fleeting moments of anger that triggered impulsive responses. Impulsive actions cause great damages, some of which are irreversible. If you yield yourself to frequent bouts of anger, it shows that you are yet to cultivate and entrench the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. Where the fruit of peace, patience, gentleness and kindness are in operation, bouts of anger will be rare occurrences.
Anger is not altogether a bad thing. There are situations that arise and you have to get angry and address them. Jesus did the same when He used a whip to drive away people that turned the temple into a place of merchandise (Luke 19:45). The scripture says, “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Eph. 4:26).
Here is a tip offered by Thomas Jefferson on how you can establish a check that will help you overcome destructive anger. “When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.” You are always likely to regret the things you say or do in the heated moments of your anger. You may regret your action later, but you have already done the damage. You may apologise later but you leave a wound that festers or a scar that remains indelible. “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20-21).
Since knowing how to get along with people is the most vital ingredient in building relationships, you will build more beneficial relationships by taming your anger.
• Pray for the renewal of your mind and uproot every seed of bitterness, malice and strife.
My life bears the spiritual fruit of self control, patience and gentleness. Anger shall not rule over me.