Saturday, December 15, 2012

How to fight Anger

James 1:19-25  Remember this, my dear brothers and sisters: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and should not get angry easily.  (20)  An angry person doesn't do what God approves of.  

We get angry sometimes. We all allow circumstances to get the best of us sometimes, but the Lord desires liberty.This is just a simple devotion which I believe will help some of you as you read. The Bible is clear about controlling our anger before it reaches a point of disaster. Relationships are destroyed many times because our anger gets the best of us. Then our anger turns to bitterness, next to hate, and for some finally murder.

How to fight Anger:

1. Be quick to Listen.  Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.    Doug Larson
Listening with an open heart can curb your anger. I have learned along time ago not everything needs my opinion nor my input. Become reserved and be quick to listen.

2.  Slow to Speak. 

“No behavior on our part is more self-centered than the demand to speak and the refusal to listen.”
Robert E. Fisher, Quick to Listen Slow to Speak

“Interruption is basically a self serving and egotistical at. It blatantly states What I have to say is more important than what you have to say.”
Robert E. Fisher, Quick to Listen Slow to Speak 

   Pro_14:3  Because of a stubborn fool's words a whip is lifted against him, but wise people are protected by their speech. 

Pro_18:7  A fool's mouth is his ruin. His lips are a trap to his soul. 

When you are slow to speak then your restraint is discovered. A person who talks much is not wise but foolish.

3.  Don't get angry easily. 

 Pro_29:11  A fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them. 

We are called to a place of self-control through the power of Christ.


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