“A person’s wisdom makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Prov. 19:11 NET).
The scripture above teaches us an important principle of life: that it is wise to be slow to anger. Proverbs 14:29 (NET) tells that “The one who is slow to anger has great understanding, but the one who has a quick temper exalts folly.” Being quick to get angry will exalt foolishness in our lives.
The Lord wants us to have dominion over our spirits. Anger, like fear, is a spirit. This does not mean it is a spirit being, but that it is an invisible yet powerful spiritual influence that takes control over us. If you have “anger issues,” then you probably know how anger can come on you and take over your life with such powerful influence that you sometimes feel helpless to control yourself. We must break the control of this spirit over our lives at all cost. Those who are quick to anger will be just as quick to foolish, regretable words and actions. God has given us the spirit of self-control so that no such influence should rule over us. Cultivate self-control as you submit to the influence of the Spirit of God.
Think carefully on the verse above. Say it to yourself. Is this wisdom fully at work in you?
Ask the Lord for the grace to be slow to anger. Pray that self-control will manage your life rather than any hasty spirit of anger that produces foolishness.
Be proactive today. We do not deal with anger by ignoring it, pretending it is not there. Freedom from anger’s grasp begins with recognition. When you identify it, then rebuke it with the Word and submit to the control of the Spirit! You will likely encounter a situation today that will provoke anger in you. When you do, realize that it is time to put the Word to work!
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