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Andrew 12:00-6:00pm

Anger management 3



'He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty.' Proverbs 16:32 NKJV

The Bible says, 'He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city' (Proverbs 16:32 NKJV). As a Christian you have the Holy Spirit living within you, and one of the fruits of the Spirit is 'self-control' (see Galatians 5:23). That means as a Christian you can control your temper, and as a Christian you must control it.

You say, 'I get mad easily because I was born with that nature!' You're not supposed to live according to your old nature, but your new one! Anger is like a river. Controlled, it can generate enough electricity to power an entire city. Uncontrolled, it can overflow its banks and become a raging flood that destroys everything in its path. And as surely as a river can be controlled, so can your temper. Have you ever been in a big argument at home with your spouse or one of your children? Suddenly the telephone rings; instantly you pick it up and answer in a soft, controlled tone, 'Hello-o-o-o. May I help you?' What just happened? You proved that your anger can be controlled and tamed. The Bible says, 'People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness' (Proverbs 14:29 NLT).

The more calmly you see a situation, the more clearly you'll see how to handle it. So if you have a quick temper, here's some good advice. When you're angry, count to ten before you speak. And when you're really angry, count to one hundred - then don't say anything.

Soulfood: Gen 14:18-24, Ps 110, Heb 5:5-10

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