In Your Anger – Part 3
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:25-32
Key Verse: Ephesians 4:26
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
Yesterday ended with the statement that controlling our words while we are angry boils down to keeping our “want to” strong. If you are being honest, many people make you angry but only a select few know it. It’s these select few that receive your angry words. More times than not it is our family that gets the short end of this deal. You can increase our “want to” levels at home, should you determine to do so.
The first step in creating a stronger motivation to watch your angry words is reminding yourself that God is watching. You would not use unwholesome words to anyone if Jesus—in person—was standing right beside you! That being the case, how can you become more conscious of the fact that Jesus is always standing right beside you? Like anything else you want to remember, make notes. If necessary, put notes everywhere, reminding yourself of the very real presence of Jesus. It will help!
Education is always a good second step toward improving oneself. Educate yourself in what happens to your spouse and children after being blasted by angry words—unwholesome words. Your words are powerful tools for good or for evil—never forget that. Read these scriptures for a good education: Proverbs 18:21; Proverbs 12:18; Matthew 12:37.
Father, I am determined to use my words as instruments of good not evil. With your help, I will control my words even when I am angry. In Jesus’ name, amen.