Conquering Everyday Frustrations
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissention, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
Proverbs 15:18 NIV
Life is full of frustrations: some great and some small. On occasion, you, like Jesus, will confront evil, and when you do, you may respond as He did: vigorously and without reservation. But, more often your frustrations will be of the more mundane variety. As long as you live here on earth, you will face countless opportunities to lose your temper over small, relatively insignificant events: a traffic jam, a spilled cup of coffee, an inconsiderate comment, a broken promise. When you are tempted to lose your temper over the minor inconveniences of life, don’t. Turn away from anger, stress, bitterness, and regret. Turn instead to God. When you do, you’ll be following His commandments and giving yourself a priceless gift . . . the gift of peace.
Take no action in a furious passion. It’s putting to sea in a storm.
When something robs you of your peace of mind, ask yourself if it is worth the energy you are expending on it. If not, then put it out of your mind in an act of discipline. Every time the thought of “it” returns, refuse it.
Anger is the noise of the soul; the unseen irritant of the heart; the relentless invader of silence.
Doomed are the hotheads! Unhappy are they who lose their cool and are too proud to say, “I’m sorry.”
Dear Lord, when I am angry, I cannot feel the peace that You intend for my life. When I am bitter, I cannot sense Your love. Heavenly Father, keep me mindful that forgiveness is Your commandment and Your will for my life. Let me turn away from anger and instead claim the spiritual abundance that You offer through the priceless gift of Your Son Jesus. Amen.