Anger management

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”  Ecclesiastes 7:9.

“In your anger do not sin.” Ephesians 4:26.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ecclesiastes 7-9, and Ephesians 4.

I flew off this morning…..and I’m not talking about a plane ride!

And right on cue, the Scriptures I read in my scheduled reading provide counsel.

I must not read the Bible simply to acquire information.  I must find things to obey.

I am not by nature an angry person but I can get angry.  My anger comes in a bunch and usually is quickly ended.

I look at today’s verses, in a state of subsiding anger, and consider the implications for my life.

Solomon tosses around the word, “fools,” rather regularly.  Solomon was given discernment plus the ability to get right and wrong right by God so his words are to be taken seriously.

I think Solomon is talking about people who are easily upset and are “regularly” angry about things.  I need to have Godly control in my life so that my reactions are Godly.

Paul seems to be allowing anger but not sinful anger.  Anger is found in the Bible.  Jesus was angry.  It is the “sinful” part that needs addressing.  How would it get to the sinful level?  I think that something minor is not anger worthy.  I think that anger that appears to have no end is godless.

The bottom line is that I must live in a close relationship to God.  I must be willing to apologize.  I must be certain that something is anger-worthy.  I must be willing to let minor aggravations go.  I need God!

“Lord, You know me.  I am glad for that.  I want all of my life to please You.  I want to get it right.  Take me over.  Produce in me a lifestyle that honors You.  Prick my conscience when I get it wrong so that corrections and adjustments can be made.  You are my God.  I surrender to You.”

Is God in charge of your anger management?  Good luck if He isn’t.

+10 losing the battle

hw-june-8

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