Friday 23rd October
An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.
Anger leaves us wide open to temptation and to Satan's attacks on our spiritual life!
It's true, isn't it? When anger comes in one door, our spiritual life goes out the other. Satan is not a simpleton. The Bible describes him as a schemer who has specific methods of attack. The great thing is that "we are not ignorant of his schemes" (2 Corinthians 2:11). We know that he knows that we are vulnerable when we are angry.
So if we want to stay out of the sin-zone, we need to learn to control our anger. The best way to do this is to deal with frustration before it ever turns to anger. In your frustrating circumstances, God wants you to have faith and remember that He is in control and He'll use even these circumstances to mature you spiritually if you'll trust in Him through them.
When you are dealing with a frustrating person, try to have a ministry mindset and remember that something is bothering them inside which is making them that way. Are they stressed, hurt, grieving, depressed? Think about how to help them turn to Christ to find healing inside. A ministry mindset will melt your anger toward that person, so you don't explode with fiery words that will wound not just their heart, but yours and God's.
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