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Slow to Anger

Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves. If you are angry, don't sin by nursing your grudge. Don't let the sun go down with you still angry - get over it quickly; for when you are angry you give a mighty foothold to the devil.

If anyone is stealing he must stop it and begin using those hands of his for honest work so he can give to others in need. Don't use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing.

Don't cause the Holy spirit sorrow by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who marks you to be present on the day when salvation from sin will be complete.

Stop being mean, bad-tempered and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ. Ephesians 4:25-32 (TLB)

He is merciful and tender toward those who don't deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. Psalms 103:8 (TLB)

Kong Peng Sun is from Singapore. He was driving home from work one day when another car cut into his lane, almost hitting him. Kong became furious and wanted to make the driver stop so that he could express his anger. Then he remembered the above scripture verse. Kong pulled over on the shoulder of the road and prayed, "Thank you, God, for helping me control my anger before it caused more trouble." What Kong intended to do could have caused an accident or unnecessary harm.

Acting on anger often leads to undesirable outcomes and regrets. It is easy to say and do things we don't mean when we're angry, and we can hurt others in the process. Sometimes the hurt we cause may never go away or may take years to heal. It is important to keep God's words with us at all times and learn from God to protect ourselves and the people we encounter.

The Bible reminds us many times that God is slow to anger. By trusting God to be present, praying, and learning to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we will be able to calm our anger and live harmoniously with those around us. Thanks be to God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence and for scripture that helps us manage our anger. We pray in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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