KEEP WALKING with Me along the path I have chosen for you. Your desire to live close to Me is a delight to My heart. I could instantly grant you the spiritual riches you desire, but that is not My way for you. Together we will forge a pathway up the high mountain. The journey is arduous at times, and you are weak. Someday you will dance light footed on the high peaks; but for now, your walk is often plodding and heavy. All I require of you is to take the next step, clinging to My hand for strength and direction. Though the path is difficult and the scenery dull at the moment, there are sparkling surprises just around the bend. Stay on the path I have selected for you. It is truly the path of Life.
If the LORD delights in a man’s way,
he makes his steps firm;
though he stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
PSALM 37 : 23 – 24
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
PSALM 16 : 11 (NKJV)
Reflect Before You Respond
When you’re angry, don’t respond impulsively. Delay is a great tool in controlling anger. I’m not saying delay indefinitely, or even beyond a day; the Bible says don’t go to sleep when you’re angry. I’m talking about delaying it for five minutes.
When you start to get ticked off, you take “time out’ for a few minutes. Give yourself some time to stop, reflect and think it through. If you don’t stop and think, you are likely to do the wrong thing. You need to reflect before respond.
When we get angry, we need to get in the habit of stepping back, waiting a few minutes, and, then, look at the situation from God’s point of view. Notice the Bible says a wise man lets his anger cool down. (Proverbs 29:11)
So “cool it’ is a Biblical term! A modern translation might be: “The wise man waits and chills out.” While you’re cooling down, ask yourself three questions to help you understand why you are angry – Why am I angry? What do I really want? How can I get it?
Understanding the reason for your anger will give you greater patience and, perhaps, even the ability to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11)