A moment of anger can destroy your life. Acting impulsively on your emotions is a recipe for disaster. How often have you heard of one wrong decision leading to total destruction? Drunk driving, unprotected sex, cheating on your taxes, taking on a huge debt, quitting a job without a replacement job, are all examples of a single decision that can dramatically damage your life going forward. How you control your emotions is paramount to your success in life.
It happens to all of us. We hear something we disagree with or have strong feelings against and our emotions take over. We tend to react to some things rather than listen, analyze, and evaluate. The world we live in is full of stressful situations on the cliff’s edge of aggravation. Sometimes we are so tightly wound it doesn’t take much to set us off. As followers of Jesus Christ we need to slow down, take the time to hear opposing points of view, and cultivate a disposition that allows our thoughts to fully develop before we respond in a burst of anger. I know you’ve had moments of thoughtlessness that you regret. The Bible tells us we need to avoid those situations all-together.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20 (NIV)
The simple solution to our out-of-control emotions, is to carefully study the Word of God. The pages of the Bible are full of the reassurance that God is in control. We don’t need to take control of every negative situation with our angry outburst. We need to rest in the knowledge that God will provide us with a way to manage the situation correctly if we take the time to listen for His voice. Elements in this world, especially Hollywood movies, tend to glamorize quick and decisive reactions to problems. We need to push aside much of what this world has to offer in the way of crisis management and focus on the teachings of Jesus.
“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 1:21 (NIV)
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