“A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls.”
Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)
Anything that’s uncontrolled will eventually destroy you.
In today’s society, it’s obvious we don’t know how to handle anger. We live in a fast-paced, hectic world where people get stressed out. We’re always on the go and trying to burn the candle at both ends.
Anger is not a sin; if you read the Gospels you will see that Jesus got angry. What’s important is how you express your anger. If you don’t learn how to manage it wisely, it will destroy you and your relationships.
If handled correctly, managed anger actually becomes an asset. There are some situations where the only proper response is to get angry. For example, when you see someone being taken advantage of or when you see an injustice, anger is an appropriate response.
If you’re going to learn how to control your anger, you have to stop making excuses and start accepting responsibility for your reactions. Anger is a choice, just like every other emotion.
When you realize that anger has a cost, you’re more likely to control it. You always lose when you lose your temper. You may lose your reputation, your children, the love of your husband or wife, or your job.
You’ve got to think before you speak because anger control is mouth control. If you are slow to speak and quick to listen, then inevitably you’ll be slow to get angry.
When you practice self-control and evaluate the cost of your reactions, you’re going to manage your anger instead of letting it manage you.
January 21 from Open Doors: A Year of Devotions