Control your Temper
Today’s devotion could easily be a year-long devotion. Many of us have a problem controlling our temper, causing us to act in ways that are ungodly and hurtful. Many of us have felt the wrath of someone who has lost their temper, oftentimes over the most insignificant things. An innocent mistake can cause us to turn our anger toward someone. James 1:26 says “if anyone thinks himself to be religious … and does not bridle his tongue…this person’s religious service is worthless.” Anger can result in both verbal and physical abuse; we have all seen numerous examples of both. In Proverbs 19:19, we find these words:
“Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.”
There is a consequence for being angry: severe punishment. It may not come from the person we lashed out to, but the NIV version of Galatians 6:7 says “a man reaps what he sows…” If we sow anger , we will reap anger. It is far better to sow seeds of goodness and kindness so that we will reap goodness and kindness. An angry person is a disgruntled person. We should learn to control our temper so that God will get the glory in our lives.