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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, November 17, 2014
We can all learn a good lesson from the story titled “MUZZLING MY MOUTH” in The Upper Room by Debra Pierce (Massachusetts).
To read other stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
The Bible doesn’t tell us that we shouldn’t feel angry, but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. If vented thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships. If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within. Paul tells us to deal with our anger immediately in a way that builds relationships rather than destroys them. If we nurse our anger, we will give Satan an opportunity to divide us. Are you angry with someone right now? What can you do to resolve your differences? Don’t let the day end before you begin to work on mending your relationship.
We can bring sorrow to the Holy Spirit by the way we live. Paul warns us against unwholesome language, bitterness, improper use of anger, harsh words, slander, and bad attitudes toward others. Instead of acting that way, we should be forgiving just as God has forgiven us. Are you bringing sorrow or pleasing God with your attitudes and actions? Act in love toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, just as God acted in love by sending his Son to die for your sins. (NLT)
Ephesians 4:25-32 – So put all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.
If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Here is Debra’s story:
“Years ago, I adopted a dog that had a fear of strangers. Whenever the veterinarian examined her, he muzzled her so she couldn’t bite him. At times, I wish someone would put a muzzle on my mouth – such as the time I berated a woman who was talking loudly on her cell phone. Immediately Psalm 39:1 came to mind: ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin: I will put a muzzle on my mouth.’ If the psalmist had the self-control to keep his mouth shut, why don’t I?
“Even when I do manage to keep my mouth shut, I seethe in silence. But that is sin waiting to happen. I’ve learned that living righteously and keeping my mouth from sin requires a lot of close communication with God. ‘Lord, put a muzzle over my mouth,’ has become a frequent prayer of mine. Whenever I’m feeling irritated, I ask God to calm me. I ask God to give me the strength to conduct myself with gentleness. I still make mistakes and allow angry words to roll off my lips. I sometimes speak in a tone that is offensive. But my convicted spirit prompts me to confess my sin to God and ask forgiveness. Then I ask God to strengthen my commitment to speak with kindness and self-control the next time anger or frustration tries to get the better of me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s love can transform our words of anger into words for good.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, may our words be used for goodness, grace and godliness. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE EASILY ANGERED
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HARDENED HEART: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/hardened-heart/
ATTITUDE, ATTITUDES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/attitude-attitudes/
CONVERSATIONS, CONVERSATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/conversations-conversation/
CONFLICT, CONFLICTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/conflict-conflicts/
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