Diffuse Your Fuse
Posted on November 25, 2019 by Graeme Wilson in Victory Call
James 1:19-20 “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring the righteous life that God desires.”
I don’t know about you, but I do get angry and sometimes I do the right thing and other times I let it get the best of me. Many of us only struggle occasionally with anger issues, but for others, it is a continuous problem. We know from Christ that anger itself is not bad; in fact, it can be very healthy as it can move us to action. As a counselor I know is that often the underlying issue for many is anger, either suppressed or expressed.
Here are a few steps that can help you Diffuse Your Fuse.
- Resolve to manage it. (Proverbs 29:11) – A fool gives vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
- Remember the Cost. – An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered man commits many sins. (Proverbs 29:22) – The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left. (Proverbs 11:29)
- Reflect before you React (Quick to Listen)
- Restrain your Remarks (Slow to Speak) – If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say. Proverbs 21:23 – A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up. Prov. 15:1
- Release your anger appropriately (Slow to Anger) – Gal 5:22 ~ The fruit of the spirit is… patience
- Rely on Christ’s help daily.
Jesus wants to heal your hurt with His love, He wants to replace your frustrations with His peace and He wants to calm your fear with His power.
Think About This: God loves the sound of your voice. He doesn’t hide when you call. He hears your prayers. Max Lucado
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. ~Jeremiah 17:9-10
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.