PSALM 136 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” (NIV) Dear friends, What do you see as you look back over 2021? The first response of many would be turmoil or disruption, but when I take a moment to refocus my eyes past those things, I can see God’s …Read More
EVERYONE. The Lord is “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 NIV) That means the people we like and those we don’t. People we agree with and those with whom we clash. People just like us, and those radically different. Everyone. “How, then, can they call on the …Read More
Dear friends, If you’re old enough you may remember the Beatles’ hit song in the 60’s called “Help”. John Farnham also did an impassioned version of it in the early 80’s. And if a modern day artist were to record it, I suspect it could become an anthem once again, especially the line, “Help me …Read More
What is a revival? Images of Billy Graham preaching to a packed MCG might come to mind. Or tent meetings that go for days and days where the Word of God is preached, and many come forward to commit their life to Jesus Christ. There have been many great awakenings and revivals throughout history, but …Read More
There’s a wonderful line in CS Lewis’ Prince Caspian where the Prince says; “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”
‘A quick-tempered person does foolish things.’ Proverbs 14:17 NIV
When people lose their temper, one of the most common expressions used to describe their reaction is ‘flying off the handle’. The phrase refers to the head of a hammer coming loose from the handle as you attempt to use it. And several not-so-good things happen as a consequence.
(1) The hammer becomes useless. Your message may be all-important, but the manner in which you deliver it determines whether or not you get the results you desire. Simply stated, when people don’t take you seriously, you don’t get the outcome you hoped for.
(2) The hammer head does damage. By flying out of control, it’s likely to damage anything in its path. Words spoken in anger cause wounds, and sometimes those wounds can last a lifetime. James writes: ‘Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry. Human anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose.’ (James 1:19–20 GNT)
(3) Repairing both the hammer and the damage may take a long time. In some cases, it simply can’t be done. Here are some Scriptures to keep in mind before you vent your anger. Again, ‘A quick-tempered person does foolish things.’ (Proverbs 14:17 NIV) ‘Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.’ (Psalm 37:8 NIV) ‘A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offence.’ (Proverbs 19:11 NIV) ‘Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.’ (Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV)
So the word for today is—‘Don’t fly off the handle.’
SoulFood: Gen 42–43, Luke 4:14–30, Ps 89:15–37, Pro 2:21–22
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2022