Sunday, October 5, 2008

Falling Down and Getting Up

Well, my anger got the best of me the other night and I posted on the elections - about candidates, not just issues - after I resolved not to do so. I'm sorry I did that; I wanted to keep that promise to myself, but as usual, I tripped and fell on my face.

"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control ... An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins." - Proverbs 29:11, 22

"Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools." - Ecclesiastes 7:9

"My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." - James 1:19

Anger is one of my biggest sins. I pop off so quickly, and then once whatever I have to say is out of my mouth, I'm done. The anger is gone and I'm left feeling horrible. The last quote is definitely one I need to pray over. Actually, all of James - especially the business of keeping a close eye on what comes out of your mouth - is something I need to keep close to me. It's not my brain that gets me into trouble; it's my mouth acting without my brain that lands me in the dirt every time.

1 comment:

Marcus and Meg Asby said...

Way to be honest and transparent! I struggle with the same thing, and I hate it when I catch myself in it.

Thanks for sharing. It makes us all better people.

Lots of love.