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Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019 FREE FROM ANGER

It is rare that we would see a meek person get angry. Having the quality of meekness means we don’t get angry about things. We don’t do that because we know God is in control. We don’t get angry because we understand bad things are going to happen. We don’t get angry because we understand sin is a part of life. We know we are to hate the sin but not the sinner. When we understand that we all mess up and make mistakes and be open to forgiveness and love, we will not get tempted to be angry.

SCRIPTURE:
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what seems to make you angry.
2. List the ways you can replace anger with another action or emotion.
3. Know God doesn’t want you to be controlled by anger.
4. Seek to be kind, loving and forgiving as God is to you.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we know it is so easy to get angry. Some things just happen so quickly and take us by surprise that our first reaction is anger. Help us to control our reactions so we don’t start out with anger but instead we start out with the right thoughts You want us to have. Help us to remember to love and forgive. Help us to remember to think about the situation and the sin and seek ways we can help others rather than get angry. Help us to develop meekness in our lives by resisting the temptation to get angry. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
When we allow anger to control us, we are living in sin.

Ephesians 4:26-27 “And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.’” (NLT)

When we have hearts filled we anger, we are not able to fully worship God.

1 Timothy 2:8 “In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” (NLT)

People who are understanding know the importance of controlling their anger.

FOCUS:
Proverbs 14:29 “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” (NLT)
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