Friday, September 8, 2017

Get Rid of Anger

"And don't sin by letting anger gain control over you"(Ephesians 4:26, NLT). When anger comes your way, stop and think. Acting without thinking can multiply your problems. Saying words that you should not, can bring serious damage to important relationships. "Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander"(Ephesians 4:31, NLT).

Anger's best opportunity to control you is when someone hurts you. Then you become vulnerable to angry thoughts and emotions. Unresolved anger leads to bitterness. It poisons your mind and endangers your health. Choose to forgive, and "forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32, NLT). Anger is defeated in the face of forgiveness.

Pray the Word: Heavenly Father, I forgive those who have offended and hurt me. I choose to follow the example of Jesus. I forgive them, as Christ has forgiven me. Amen.

Do the Word: Get rid of all bitterness and anger toward people who have hurt you. Ask the Lord to give you grace to forgive. Also, ask the Lord to heal your painful memories. Replace bitterness with God's love to fill your heart.