I wish I could say that this is me.
Able to handle frustration.
But I have found the secret to change.
Submitting to God.
Begging His help.
Memorizing Scripture about anger and losing my temper.
Here are some that have been helpful to me:
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Pr. 15:1)
Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. (Pr. 15:4 MSG)
Those with good sense are slow to anger, and it is their glory to overlook an offense. (Pr. 19:11)
Do you see someone who speaks in haste? (people who talk before they think) There is more hope for a fool than for them. (Pr. 29:20)
To watch over mouth and tongue is to keep out of trouble. (Pr. 21:23)
The wise of heart will heed commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. (Pr. 10:8)
The wise lay up knowledge, but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near. (Pr. 10:14)
Whoever heeds instruction is on the path of life, but one who rejects a rebuke goes astray. (Pr. 10:17)
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech. (Pr. 10:19)
Fools show their anger at once, but the prudent ignore an insult. (Pr. 12:16)
Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Pr. 12:18)
I know that some of these verses are harsh.
But I have found them to be true in my own life.
Others have deeply hurt me with their rash, angry words.
I feel out of control when I give full vent to anger- and end up regretting deeply what I said.
These verses accurately describe the incredible damage that a loose tongue can do– and the importance of considering what we are going to say before we speak, and erring on the side of being silent.
This is a discipline that I need to work on. To be full of the fruits of the spirit, especially kindness, peace, patience, and self-control (but really all of them)- I must learn the discipline of controlling my tongue.
I have been praying about it for weeks, and meditating on these verses- and it has helped so much!
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. He can give us the courage and resolve to respond to maddening and stress-inducing situations with a calm spirit.
Call on His Name and he will help you.
Lord, we want to be calm under pressure. To teach our children self-control through our example of how we respond to those challenging times when stress overwhelms and our fuse grows short. Give us discernment about our priorities Lord, that we would give you and our family the proper place in our lives. May our choices in this life bring honor and glory to You- Lord may we be quick to obey when you convict us of destructive habits or patterns in our lives that need to change. May our hearts be tender toward you as we entrust ourselves into your care and discipline. As we hide your Word in our hearts Lord, let it sharpen us. Give us a humble spirit that accepts your discipline. All honor and glory is yours now and forever. May our lives be a pleasing fragrant offering to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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