Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday, 27 June 2016
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
“The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.” Proverbs 19:11 NKJV
Have you come across Ecclesiastes 7:9? It says, “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.” Hmm. Now, I don’t want to be quick to call all angry people fools, but if you have a problem with controlling your temper it’s time to do something about it.
Someone says, “But anger is justified in some cases.” True, but is anger a solution? Okay, you might get angry but for how long are you going to stay angry? Why stay angry at a person or thing for too long? I know that you were very upset, but is the offence really an unpardonable one? Are you really sacrificing a once beautiful relationship just to remain angry? What’s the cost of forgiveness anyway? If God forgave us for all we did, and if He forgives us when we ask, why is it difficult to do same for others?
People will certainly upset you; they’ll step on your toes; they’ll do very annoying and silly things; you might even be insulted: you really can’t control the actions of others against you, but how you choose to respond is up to you. You can always control your reactions. Yes, you can control how you react 100% of the time, especially if you have yielded yourself to the Holy Spirit. James 1:19-20 says, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”