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Anger

TODAY’S VERSE
“And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
One of the evidences of the fruit of the Spirit in our life is “self-control”. And there is nothing harder to control than our anger. God originally created anger as a defense mechanism to protect us from life threatening danger. Unfortunately, today “danger” has been watered down. Now the majority of what we get angry at is not life threatening at all. Instead we are protecting ourself from embarrassment, inconvenience, consequences or someone stopping us from doing things our own way. We even get mad at God when He dares to go against what seems right in our eyes. Paul warns us about anger. He suggests that we control anger before it controls us. He wrote, “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Today, get a grip on your anger. Make up your mind that anger will not get control of you. Instead, if anything is going to control you, let it be the Holy Spirit. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You that You don’t ask me to do anything that you won’t help me with. I am asking You today to help me with my anger. Holy Spirit, help me control my anger and not give any foothold to Satan.
AMEN

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Mature Anger

TODAY’S VERSE
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
James 1:19 (NIV)

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So often we use these passages to beat ourself up with. We interpret as if it said, “Do not be angry” and then berate ourself and bury our feelings. However, if we read these passages we will see that our goal should not be ridding ourself of anger but rather, be mature about what angers us. Mature anger looks at the problem and expresses itself with a solution as its goal. It is slow to speak, slow to anger and quick to listen. On the other hand, immature anger looks at the person involved and expresses itself with bitterness, rage, brawling, slander and malice. Paul insists that we rid ourself of immature anger. Today, when your anger alerts you to a potential negative situation, be slow to react. Assess the problem and ask God what it is He would have you to do. Let your anger be mature.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You that You can help me be mature with my anger. Help me focus on solutions and not bitterness, rage, fighting, slander or malice. Help me express anger in a way that honors you.
AMEN

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Revenge

TODAY’S VERSE
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.”
Romans 12:19 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Revenge. What a toxic emotion. What a deceptive motive. It is so easy to slip into this deadly trap. It starts with a wound. Perhaps a deep hurt, humiliation or betrayal. Life isn’t fair, but this is just too much! Soon our wound festers and anger becomes an obsession. But what makes revenge so deceptive is that we don’t have to murder someone to get revenge. Instead, we feel justified in slandering the person, shunning them, campaigning against something they are doing or a million other ways of getting nasty. But this is not revenge. It is getting even, or giving them what they deserve, or settling the score. No, it is revenge. It is hard not to go there. What then can we do? Paul shares the only thing we can do. Let go. Give it to God. Let Him take over your case. The author of Hebrews was serious when he wrote, “Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”  Today, follow that advice. Let God search your heart and then pull out any bitter root that has taken ground in your emotions. Don’t let a wound fester into something worst. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, search my heart. Show me any toxic bitterness I may have. Show me any attitude or behavior of revenge. Forgive me and help me change my attitude. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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