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Rage or Blessing?
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
- James 3:8 (NIV)
The words tumbled out of my mouth as I confronted my co-worker. Months of pent-up frustration spilled over, becoming a raging river of anger. This man had criticized my work decisions, spoken rudely, and ignored me in front of others. I thought I had forgiven him, but I guess I had stuffed the emotions inside. As I was confronting him, my outburst offended him. Although I later asked for forgiveness, he would not speak to me.
Sometimes our tempers get the best of us. We may even use the verse quoted above to excuse our venting. Although we are helpless to tame our tongues, God is not. Paul cautions, “In your anger do not sin” (Eph. 4:26), which tells us that there are ways for us to handle anger without hurting other people.
I began to think about what I could have done differently. Months earlier, before the offenses had piled up into anger, I could have calmly spoken to my co-worker about our differences. Or I could have simply started asking God to bless him, which might have changed my perspective on the situation. We each have the choice of how we will respond to offenses. Will we rage, or will we bless?
Karen Jean Dorsey (Oregon, USA)
Thought for the Day
Today I will let God guide my words.
Dear God, help us each day to put our tongues under your control and to heed your voice. Amen.
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