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September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

"Anger: Reflect before you Respond"

“A rebel shouts in anger; a wise man holds his temper in and cools it.” Proverbs 29: 11 TEV

When you’re angry, don’t respond impulsively. That old foil about counting to ten really has some importance. I’m not saying you delay it forever but take a few moments to get control of yourself.

If you’re ticked off, take a time out, step back. Give yourself some time to stop, reflect and think it through. You’re less likely to blow your top then.

Did you notice our verse said that a wise man cools it. Thomas Jefferson, one of the authors of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, said, “When angry, count to 10 before you speak. If very angry, count to 100.”

When you’re cooling down ask yourself three questions to help you understand why you are angry:
Why am I angryWhat do I really want?How can I get it?Understanding the reasons for your anger will give you greater patience and, perhaps, even the ability to overlook an offense.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don