Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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

Thought of The Day : You have the right to be angry when you are offended though, but you don’t have the right to sin in your anger.

LISTEN : Be careful when you’re angry. Watch your actions when you are angry lest you complicate issues for yourself. Don’t be overwhelmed by anger, rather, look before you leap. Couple of months ago, I told a story about a woman who approached her husband with tears after a quarrel and said, “My love, can we talk it over?” “Talk what over?” The husband replied angrily! “I am not ready to talk about anything. If you like, go to hell, I don’t care.” The woman knelt down, crying and pleading with her husband, saying repeatedly, “My husband, we can talk it over! Yes, we can talk it over.” The husband replied, “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 you must determine to handle it God’s way. Never sleep and wake up in anger (Psalms 4:4). Talk over your disagreements with your partner or the person who offended you 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. Instead, 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. So, be careful when you’re angry. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Be reasonable when angry 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 : Everlasting God! Help me to manage anger wisely and promptly in my relationships, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Today I speak on your life, may grace to deal with offense be released to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Settle any disagreement before it metamorphoses to bitterness.

Quote : “Offense births anger, and uncontrolled anger births secondary offense. But he who controls his anger prevents both secondary offense and catastrophe.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know that, those who are led by the Spirit of God are His children? (Romans 8:14).

Stunning Fact : Did you know honey enters your blood stream within 20 minutes of being eaten?

Bible Quiz : How old was Joshua when he died?

God bless you!

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