“So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”Ephesians 4:25-27 NLT
Speaking the truth is often harder than telling a lie. May the Lord help us speak the truth. May the truth be shared with grace.
“Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”
Colossians 4:6 NLT
God isn't telling us to be brutal with our words. I've met some people like that. He is calling us to be honest and graceful. Words can stir up anger.
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1 NLT
Getting angry is a response to adverse circumstances. We are all susceptible to this. What we do with this anger is the righteous or unrighteous thing.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” James 1:19-20 NLT
When the opportunity for getting angry presents itself, pause for a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to arrest your thoughts and actions in the name of Jesus and then act like Jesus, not the devil.
Perhaps this one is just for you today. I pray so.
Rev. Curtis Norris