Are You Angry?

Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated. Proverbs 14:17

 

One of the first things God began to work out of me was a spirit of anger. I was quick-tempered and could cut anyone to shreds with my tongue.

 

In Ecclesiastes 7:9 we read the following;

Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools."

 

Because of a lifetime of abuse, I had a lot of anger. It seemed as if it wouldn't take much to set it off. Then I would lash out and say something that I later regretted. But once people see that "ugly" side of us, it takes them a long time to ever trust us again.

 

The self-controlled life not only requires time, determination and hard work; it also requires self-denial, but the rewards are worth the effort.

 

I truly had times when I had to plead the blood of Jesus over my tongue before I went around certain sarcastic, mean people. I learned, evidentially, that staying quiet in the face of their "words" seemed to bother them more then the "words" they were used to hearing from me.

 

I bring this up as we are entering Thanksgiving week, which is a time that a lot of us will be dealing with family, some of whom we would rather not spend time around.

 

If you are dreading the holidays because of some of your family members who are always "egging" you on with their spiteful, hurtful behavior, you may want to spend a lot of time in the first of the week, praying and asking God to give you control over your mouth.

 

Make up your mind that just for that one day, you will keep your mouth shut no matter what they say. You will act as if their words are falling on deaf hears. Unlike times in the past when you would let their words upset and hurt you, you will tell yourself, "This is only one day, I can do anything, with God by my side, for just one day.

 

The fun part for you is in simply observing. People who are used to seeing you get mad, and strike back with dysfunctional behavior, won't know what to think when they see you cool, calm, and collected.

 

In Proverbs 14:16 we read the following;

 

A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.

 

By re-acting to the words and actions of others we give them too much "power" over our lives. We must always remember that this earthly family is not really our family anymore. Our family is the family of God. God is our "father" and we are His precious children.

We should actually have pity on those who are so miserable that they have to try and make other folks miserable too.  They are hurting, and as I always say, "Hurting people hurt other people."

 

Jesus told us that it is out of the abundance of the heart or the spirit that the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34) these people open their mouths and evil things come out because that is what resides in their hearts.

 

God delivered me from the anger of being mistreated and He began to do an important work in me. He taught me of His Spirit and His gentleness when dealing with others. For a long time I had lived with the anger of being mistreated and abused. God began, as I was willing to release that, to pour His healing balm of Gilead over my hard heart. He wants to do the same for you!

 

Do things still hurt my feelings, and make me angry? You bet, I am still in this suit of flesh. Now I have made a conscious decision to not react in anger, but sacrifice my "Feelings" and react with the unconditional love of the Savior. It takes us laying our pride on the altar, for His sake. He wants to renew us from inside and out, but that takes us wanting to be renewed. It takes us wanting to move forward from our past and develop kindness and gentleness.

 

Father, Let your healing words flow from our mouths this week, and keep kindness on our lips! In Your Name, the Name above all names we pray. Amen and Amen

 

© Cathie Miller 2011

For We Know That Nothing...No Thing..  is impossible with God