A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Let’s face it—we all get angry. How can we help it? When I get cut off by another driver, I’m sorry, but I don’t feel like praying for them. When someone does something to hurt Lori or our kids, I am ready to take them on. When I hear, “Your call is important to us. Stay on the line. The next available representative will be with you shortly,” I do not enjoy the music while I’m waiting.
Our passage today provides the spiritual road rules regarding anger. Conversations, circumstances, and situations happen that cause my blood to boil. If I let those emotions take over…if I give full vent to my anger…I am, at that moment, acting foolishly. On the other hand, if during my blood boiling time, I keep my emotions under control, I am, at that moment conducting myself as a wise person.
I do not and cannot live in a bubble. This is the real world. Things will occur that make me angry. But here is the question: Will I control my anger, or will my anger control me?
Father, please help us submit to the control of your Spirit in all things. When I get angry, powerfully remind me to give it to you. In Christ’s name. Amen.
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