An Alternative to Anger

 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. (Proverbs 20:3)

The book of Proverbs teaches, “It is an honour for a man to cease from strife” (20:3). Strife is that friction that either simmers under the surface or explodes in the open between people who disagree about something.

God has given us the resources to live peacefully with other people. His Word assures us that it’s possible to feel anger without letting it boil over into rage (Eph. 4:26). His Spirit enables us to override the sparks of fury that prompt us to do and say things to strike out at people who upset us. And God has given us His example to follow when we feel provoked (1 Peter 2:23). He is compassionate, gracious, and slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Ps. 86:15).

Dear God, Please help me to manage my anger in a way that does not lead me into sin. Give me self-control through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

When I read this it challenged me to be aware of how easily frustrated or angry I get and in those moments I pray, God help me to be compassionate, gracious and slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Just as He does. What an example we have to follow after. Allow the Holy Spirit to flow through you. Be the change you want to see in the world, and even in those moments when you have every right to be angry or upset, stope and think, how would Christ handle this situation and show love. Don’t blow out someone else’s candle, even if you feel you have the right to do so, you don’t. Allow God to deal with that person or situation and go to Him in prayer. He always has the answer.

Have a beautiful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Proverbs 20:1-15