Welcome to day 14 of 21 Days of Prayer! Over the past 12 months we have witnessed a great deal of anger and disappointment. Learning how to handle anger is a huge concern that God has for his people. I heard a story about a father who taught his son to drive a nail in their wooden fence every time he lost his temper. The first day he drove more than 30 nails in the fence. Of course that became tiresome which helped him control his anger. Gradually, he got to the point where he didn't get angry all day. Then, his father told him to pull a nail from the fence for every day he didn't get angry. When all the nails were removed, his father showed him all of the holes left in the fence. It would never be the same.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace."
The damage caused by anger, even when healed afterwards, always leaves scars behind. In many cases, those scars can be so severe that the relationship may not survive. This is why Ephesians 4:26 instructs us to "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath..."
When we quickly address the issues that cause anger, we stop the drama and reduce the trauma.
LET US PRAY
Heavenly Father, thank you for opening my eyes to the importance of controlling anger. The life you have given me is far to important to allow it to rob me of the peace and fulfillment you have provided. Teach me to guard my relationships by forbearing one another, and forgiving one another. And if any man have a quarrel against me or someone important to me: even as Christ forgave me, empower me to do the same (Colossians 3:13 KJV)," In Jesus's name, Amen!
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