When I was a kid, my mom would tell me to think before I speak. I did not see that at the time, but as I became older I realize why she taught me that. Most of the time it is done out of anger.
Anger is destructive. Anger breaks hearts. Anger breaks bones. There is nothing good that can come out of anger. Yet when we are getting attacked, our natural defense is to respond in anger.
How many times have you been mad at someone and said some awful things that you did not mean, but spoke before you gave yourself a chance to speak? I am guilty of that. We all have done that at some point in our life.
19My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 NIV
As Christians, we are called to walk in righteousness. We will stumble, but the main thing is staying on the same path after we get up. Think before you speak. Take a deep breathe. Ask yourself if what you are about to say is going to be beneficial to that person or you. If not, don’t say anything.
Ask Jesus to give you a new heart. Anger is one of the enemies weapons that he takes joy in using. Give it to Jesus. He will take your anger and it will be no more. The enemy has no power over God’s people. Walk in Faith. Believe.
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