Do you sometimes just “flip out” and say or do things that you realize later on were not the right things to do? Maybe in the heat of an argument or in a fit of anger?
For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
There are hundreds of verses in the bible relating to anger, and I could only find one instance where Jesus was angry and that was where he threw the traders out of the temple.
I read a story yesterday about a father and a young boy; The father was working on the car and his young son was playing nearby and the son called his father to show him something, the father saw that the child had scratched the side of the car with a stone and he lost his temper, beating and shouting at the child, so much so, that an ambulance had to be called.
At the hospital the son looked sadly at the father and asked when his fingers would grow back because they had to be amputated as the father had blindly grabbed a wrench in his fit of rage and used that to punish his son.
The father walked out to the car, remorseful for what he had done and saw that the scratches on the car was actually writing and is said “I love you, Dad”
The moral of the story is that we are forgiven unconditionally by our Father and we need to forgive those around us, we must be slow to anger and judge, as it is not our place to do so, but that of God.
Next time you are about to “lose it” think to yourself; Can I just leave it and walk away, what effect will my words have, what effect will my actions have? Very often the person on the receiving end will be thinking about your actions or reaction rather than the actual deed itself.
Imagine instead of a fit of road rage you pulled up next to the guy at the traffic light and shouted, “Hey Buddy …. Jesus Loves you so you should drive a little more carefully”
Try it … you might just change the world!