Friday, September 28, 2012

Slow to anger

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19: 11

What ticks you off? What pushes your button and makes you seethe with anger?

Scripture reminds us that anger has its place (Psalm 4:4; Ephesians 4:26). Some things are worth getting angry about: children being abused, teens dying in the streets of America, war, destruction of our natural resources, extortion of the poor, are just some of the things that should make us angry.

But really, how many of us spend our days angry over these injustices? Unfortunately, most of us spend our time angry that our favorite team lost a close game; or we are angry that someone said a bad word about us. Some people are are angry because they were stuck in traffic, or had to wait in line at the store.

Remember what James said,  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
(James 1:20 ESV)
I love today's verse from Proverbs. It suggests that we have a choice; we can exercise God's wisdom in the situations that might trip us up and lead to anger. We can also overlook an offense. We don't have to be angry at the things people throw our way.

And this reminder:  A man or woman without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28 ESV)

As you go through this day, remember Jesus before his accusers. People told lies about him, they mocked him, physically abused him and yet he did not retaliate. May the transforming mind of Christ fill each us with peace, love, and joy in the Holy Spirit!