Monday 14 November 2011
Spanish philosopher Baltasar Gracian said, “Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.” American editor George Jean Nathan said, “No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.” Anger is destructive and the one who wins at the end of the day is never the one who got angry but the one who exercises self-control over his anger. I have met angry people and they are hardly ever happy, their face always flushed (a sign of high blood pressure) and their countenance …. what countenance? James tells us that we should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because an angry man will not live the righteous life God desires him to live. In fact, people with a strong temper tend to do the exact opposite – slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to become angry! They usually end up bitter, miserable and worst of all, missing God’s plan for their lives. Do you have a propensity to get angry? Better be careful for it can destroy you and the people around you including your family. What can you do whenever you feel anger rising up from within you? Take James’ advice: be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry – in short, just shut up and listen! And what do you do after you have listened carefully? I recommend that you postpone your response. Go away, pray and ask God for wisdom, sleep over it and think about it again when you wake up. Write a letter or email in response by all means, just don’t send it. Also, don’t forget God’s grace and forgiveness towards you – “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespassed against us”. If there is something that makes you angry today, commit how you feel to the Lord and let the Prince of Peace step in and take over. Have a peaceful day!
19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” (Jas.1:19-20)
Pastor Barnabas Chong
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