For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.
Pressing produces…something. Today’s proverb reminds us that pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing our anger produces strife – tension, division, or fighting.
Strife, the product of anger, is a little word with a lot of meaning. It includes careless talk that pierces like a sword. It describes reckless fists that land painful blows. Strife ends friendships, relationships, and marriages. Strife at home causes sons and daughters to breathe a sigh of relief when they head off to college, returning as infrequently as possible. Strife at work makes the day long. Strife keeps controversies going. Strife makes sure petty quarrels continue.
Anger produces strife, but it doesn’t have to. Instead of pressing anger, surrender it to God. Place your emotions under the control of the Holy Spirit that lives within every believer. He is more than capable of turning your swirling emotions into Spirit-controlled peace.
Father, when I feel it coming on…when my emotions start to get the best of me…take hold of my heart…control my emotions…produce the Spirit’s fruit instead of regretful strife. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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