Once again - I'm getting the message loud and clear. I'm terrible about flying off the handle. Ugh! I can get upset for a number of reasons but one of the things that sets me off the most is when I've been hurt. Usually hot tears puddle in my eyes (which makes me mad!), and then I'll call a friend and say, "can you believe...", and finally I will just avoid the person that hurt me completely. Better to avoid a confrontation than say something you'll regret, right?! Um...no - better to not get angry in the beginning.
But, how do we do that?! It seems impossible! Well, to us it does. Not to God. How many times did people say something nasty about or to Him, how many people rejected Him, how many people wanted Him dead? We have all been through experiences that we wouldn't wish on anyone else, but nothing like what our Heavenly Father went through. If He can lead a sinless life through all that - we can at least try to curb our anger. :)
Let's see what some other verses tell us about ways to work on our anger:
I love so many of those versus for so many reasons. Wonderful reminders to overlook insults, use gentle answers, and remember that the Lord is with me! We can do this - with His help!
Come back tomorrow for love keeps no records of wrongs - how many more days till the protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres - you know, the good stuff! :) Just kidding! There's some great stuff to learn tomorrow. Hope to see you then!