Last year I found myself losing my temper with my children more and more. Part of my journey of breaking free from the world involves riding myself of anger, embracing patience, and loving better. I’ve been working on memorizing some of these verses so that when I feel myself starting to get angry or my voice starts raising I can recall these verses and hopefully please God by having a more righteous response in the situation.
An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.
How many times does my temper cause me to sin? Sadly that number is large.
Do you find your anger causing you to sin?
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
My anger leads me to turn things with my children into bigger conflicts when I’m the one that should be patiently calming the situation.
Does your temperament stir up more conflict in your home?
Do you find it difficult to resolves quarrels between your children without yelling?
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ahh! Fits of rage? It breaks my heart that this can be used to describe how I feel sometimes. My rage is effecting my heavenly inheritance (let’s not even talk about jealousy, envy, and self ambition yet).
Have you ever considered how your earthly anger is effecting your eternity?
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
My anger does not produce righteousness. God desires for me to live a righteous life. The Word planted in me can save me. It will help rid me of my unrighteous anger.
What are some steps you can take this week to help you remember to slow down before losing your temper?
Lord, rid me of my anger that only produces unrighteousness. Help me to be patient so that I may calm the quarrels that I face every day. I pray that I can control my temper and live in a way that does nothing but glorify You!
8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. …12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
I must rid myself of anger, rage, and harsh language. I must clothe myself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. I must forgive other’s their grievance’s against me. Above all else I must learn to love better by following the example of my Lord who loves perfectly.
Out of the directions given in these verses, which do you find the most difficult to follow in your daily life?
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
The Spirit in me will produce good fruit if I keep in step.
After reading these verses what do you think it means to keep in step and produce good fruits?
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.