Slow to Anger
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 1 James 1:19
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 14:29
This verse makes so much sense. Basically you will act foolish if you get angry quickly.
These are the verses that I need to memorize this week. Last week I failed terribly with this. Although, I didn't react directly to the person I was angry and talked about it to other people. This is not good. If someone offends us we should go directly to that person and talk to them. It is also a good idea to wait until you are much calmer. It is all sorted out now but I think I failed in the way it was handled.
Most times I am patient but there are a few things that can make me go from 0-10 in seconds. One of them is rudeness and a feeling of rejection. These two things make me react too fast. I need to have more self control.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. Proverbs 25:28
There are many verses about self control and anger. The above verse says in other words that anyone can come in. I believe this means that other sins can come in all because of us having no rule over our spirit. That is why it is so important for Christians to have self-control. It also shows as a good witness to non-believers.
I remember one time when I was living the back-slidden life and I was at a bar. I was just walking out with a group of people when a guy said something to me. It was quite inappropriate but anyway his wife or girlfriend followed me out and asked, "What did he say to you?" I didn't want to repeat it for sure it would of made her become even more angry. I lied and said "I didn't hear " or "nothing". She didn't believe it and said that she wanted to fight me and started taking off her coat. I said before we fight come over here and I want to talk to you. She agreed we walked away from the crowd and I asked her, "Are you a really jealous person?" and I continued to talk to her sharing that I have a boyfriend as well and that I am not interested at all in her boyfriend. I also told her that I have a hard time trusting my boyfriend and that I am jealous too. I told her that it is really hard when you feel this way. The group I was with was shocked when she gave me hug. When I returned to my group someone asked, "What in the world did you say to her?" I can't remember what I answered but looking back this verse rings true.
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger Proverbs 15:1
Of course I do not condone drinking, partying and lying. Thank God that he put me back on the right road.
If you are struggling with anger, self-control or perhaps you are living a back-slidden life today. Just remember that Jesus won't give up on you.
"I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine". John 10:14
"If a man has 100 sheep, but one of the sheep becomes lost, then the man will leave the other 99 sheep on the hill. He will go to look for the lost sheep. Right? And if the man finds the lost sheep, the man is happier about that one sheep than about the 99 sheep that were never lost. I tell you the truth. In the same way, your Father in heaven does not want any of these little children to be lost." Matthew 18:12-14