Thursday, April 23, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26
LISTEN : Watch your actions when you are angry lest you complicate issues for yourself. Don’t be overwhelmed by anger, rather, look before you leap. Couple of months ago, I told a story about a woman who approached her husband with tears after a quarrel and said, “My love, can we talk it over?” “Talk about what?” The husband replies angrily! “I am not ready to talk about anything. If you like, go to hell, I don’t care.” The woman knelt down, crying and pleading with her husband, saying repeatedly, “My husband, we can talk it over! Yes, we can talk it over.” The husband replies, “Only after I have vented my anger. But how long it will take, I don’t know.” Most people in their relationships are like this man. They explode and worsen matters when they are angry, and often withdraw from their partners for a prolonged period of time after a disagreement. This is not good for a relationship. You have the right to be angry when you are offended though, but you don’t have the right to sin in your anger. God’s word is clear on what to do when anger attempts to take the best of us. The Bible says,“Do not let the sun set while you are still angry.” (Ephesians 4:26). This means that, offences must come, but we should choose to manage it properly and promptly. To be able to deal with anger in your relationships you must determine to handle it God’s way. Never sleep and wake up in anger (Psalms 4:4). Talk over your disagreements with your partner or the person who offended you and let it go. Be quick to forgive or apologise when you are wrong. Don’t withdraw after a disagreement, for it throws the door open to Satan and evil thoughts. Instead, open wide the door of communication. Tell the other person how you feel, and allow love and understanding to consume your thoughts. My dear, no matter what, don’t allow anger to get the best of you. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be reasonable when angry and be careful not to sin in your anger.
2. Learn to talk over issues after a disagreement, and don’t withdraw, rather fix it.
3. Stop actions that could lead to anger if you can, and promptly and wisely manage disagreement if it occurs.
4. No matter the circumstance, don’t allow anger to get the best of you.
Prayer : Eternal God! Help me to manage anger wisely and promptly in my relationships, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Settle any disagreement before it metamorphoses to bitterness.
Quote : “Offense births anger, and uncontrolled anger births secondary offense. But he who controls his anger prevents both secondary offense and catastrophe.”
Faith Confession : In Jesus’ name, I confess that uncontrolled anger destroys relationships. Therefore, I will manage my anger properly and promptly, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know that, those who are led by the Spirit of God are His children? (Romans 8:14).
Today In History : April 23, 1635 Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded.
Stunning Fact : Did you know honey enters your blood stream within 20 minutes of being eaten?
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today I speak on your life, may grace to deal with offense be released to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
TOPIC : LOVE FOR GOD AND HIS WORD GIVES PEACE
Bible Verse : Great peace have they which love your law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalms 119:165
LISTEN : There’s no peace for the wicked. Wickedness occurs when people have no regards for the word of God; but love for God and His word creates peace of mind. You can’t have God and not have peace. The fear of God gives real peace. Peace is possible in Christ Jesus. Jesus said to His disciples, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33). The mystery behind the peace of God the believer enjoys in the midst of troubles is based on his relationship with God. He (believer) understands that all power belongs to God and therefore can’t be afraid of anything. He derives comfort and peace from the word of God. As a result, nothing can hurt or offend him. He is not afraid of bad news because his God is in control. Beloved, is your life characterised by crisis, pressure or war? Believe God and His word and you’ll enjoy great peace no matter the circumstance. Be wise!
Prayer : Almighty God! You give peace and comfort. Therefore, I ask for peace in my life today, amen!