Thursday, March 21, 2019
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26
LISTEN : “Can we talk it over?” A woman begs the husband a day after a sharp disagreement between them. “Talk about what?” The husband replies angrily! “I am not ready to talk about anything. If you like, go to hell, I don’t care.” The woman knees down, crying and pleading with her husband, saying repeatedly, “My husband, we can talk it over! Yes, we can talk it over.” The husband replies, “Only after I have vented my anger. But how long it will take, I don’t know.” Most people in their relationships are like this man. They explode and worsen matters when they are angry, and often withdraw from their partners for a prolonged period of time after a disagreement. This is not good for a relationship. You have the right to be angry when you are offended though, but you don’t have the right to sin in your anger. God’s word is clear on what to do when anger attempts to take the best of us. The Bible says, “Do not let the sun set while you are still angry.” (Ephesians 4:26). This means that, offences must come, but we should choose to manage it properly and promptly. To be able to deal with anger in your relationships, determine to handle it God’s way. Never sleep and wake up in anger (Psalms 4:4). Talk over your disagreements with your partner and let it go. Be quick to forgive or apologise when you are wrong. Don’t withdraw after a disagreement, for it throws the door open to Satan and evil thoughts. Rather open wide the door of communication. Tell the other person how you feel, and allow love and understanding to consume your thoughts. My dear, no matter what, don’t allow anger to get the best of you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be reasonable with your anger. And be careful not to sin in your anger.
2. Learn to talk over issues after a disagreement, and don’t withdraw, rather fix it.
3. Stop actions that could lead to anger if you can, and promptly and wisely manage disagreement if it occurs.
4. No matter the circumstance, don’t allow anger to get the best of you.
Prayer : Dear LORD, help me to manage anger wisely and promptly in my relationships, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Never sleep and wake up in anger. Talk over your disagreements and let it go.
Quote : “It is hard to promptly manage anger until one is determined to handle it God’s way; and be quick to forgive or apologise when one is wrong, and allow love and understanding to consume one’s thoughts.”
Faith Confession : Today, I confess that uncontrolled anger destroys relationships. Therefore, I will manage my anger properly and promptly, in Jesus, name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know uncontrolled anger is a mark of lack of wisdom? (Ecclesiastics 7:9).
Today In History : March 21, 1788 Almost the entire city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is destroyed by fire.
Stunning Fact : Did you know cats spend 66% of their life asleep?
A Word Of Blessing : You will make a difference. Today I speak to your life, it is well with you. May grace to deal with uncontrolled anger be released to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : HE PRAYED AND RECEIVED
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Bible Verse : Jabez called out to the God of Israel, “If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory! May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm so I might not endure pain!” God answered his prayer. 1 Chronicles 4:10
LISTEN : Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt 7:7-8). What a wonderful promise we have in this! Jabez trusts God with his misery and God heard him. He prayed and he received. He made specific requests and got specific answers. Our verse of the day says, “Jabez called out to the God of Israel, ‘If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory! May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm so I might not endure pain!’ God answered his prayer.” (1 Chronicles 4:10). Perhaps, your situation is similar to Jabez’s. Like Jabez, life seems to be working against you. Your life seems to be dominated by pain, reproaches, tragedies and terrible experiences. My dear, don’t worry! Keep pouring out your heart to God. He will not abandon you. Just pray, certainly you will receive what you ask for. Be wise!
Prayer : Everlasting Father, Strengthen me to pray in faith and overcome every obstacle to my success in life, in Jesus’ name, amen.