Slow to Become Angry – Part 3
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:26-27
Key Verse: James 1:19c
…slow to speak and slow to become angry
As we continue from yesterday’s thoughts, we want to study God’s help in our mature reactions. These last eight devotionals remind us of what it looks like to be mature; a goal for all believers. Anger is one of the emotions that trip many people up in trying to be mature in how they handle life. It’s interesting to me that many adults do not relate anger control with maturity. After they lose their cool and do great damage to another person, we seldom hear them say, “I was so immature!” Most of the time we hear excuses of why they lost their cool and that is normally in the form of blaming someone else. Even this explanation is another sign of immaturity!
I believe the reason we need to tear away the excuses and name it what it is: immaturity. This can be a great motivator to overcome anger’s power. I don’t know any adult that wants to admit to being an immature person. It’s my experience that I stop doing that which has embarrassed me. If we are not embarrassed about our mishandling of our emotion of anger, we’ll probably never change!
I hope you take this next statement to heart: If you say you can’t control how you act or what you say while you are angry, you are very immature. You need to grow up! Mature adults get angry, but mature adults are in control of their mouths and behaviors—at all times. Christ follower, you have God’s Spirit living in you to help you be mature! (Continued)
Father, I am thankful that you are equipping me and working in me to make me a mature follower! In Jesus’ name, amen.