Your Anger Is Doing Damage

Feb 29, 2024

‘Do not be quickly provoked.’Ecclesiastes  7:9 NIV

Angry outbursts are destructive in all relationships, especially in your home. Children are the most vulnerable to their parents' anger, and they mirror their behaviour.

We shape our children’s destiny by what we say, what we do and the attitude we demonstrate. If there is a lot of high volume arguing within the walls of your home, that is the home your grandchildren will experience too. Are your actions training your children to be hysterical and violent? Do you overreact, fly into fits of rage, and attack your spouse verbally?

When you exhibit tantrum-like behaviour you’re acting out of a selfish need to get what you want, when you want it, in the way you think you ought to have it. Please - for your family’s sake - start acting like an adult; exhibit self-control. ‘Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises’ (Hebrews 6:12 NKJV). Notice, you must have faith and patience. You may not be able to control what happens in life, but you can certainly control your reaction. Whether it’s the anger a father brings home from the workplace, or a wife’s anger towards her husband, it can bring a curse.

Simeon and Levi harboured anger in their hearts and became vicious and vindictive murderers. Because of this, a curse came upon them, and the anger was passed down from generation to generation (see Genesis 49). You must break the curse by resisting the temptation to let anger dictate your behaviour. In the words of James: ‘My dear brothers, take note … Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires’ (James 1:19-20 NIV).

SoulFood: 1 Kings 15, Matt 18:15-35, Ps 96, Pro 6:12-15
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