September 26, 2014
In a generation of course communication we are to be different. Jesus taught that our words are an expression of our heart condition, saying, “Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Do you speak for the edification of the hearer or to benefit yourself? Do you often need to just “air it out?” Or just get things “off your chest?” Do your words flow from a spiritually renewed heart, filled with the Holy Spirit? Or are they vomited forth from the old nature? Give your heart and your tongue to Jesus. Ask Him to tame your tongue and fill your communication with blessings and beauty.
September 28, 2013
Three thoughts: 1) “Do not provoke to anger” – What provokes anger in your kids? Usually, inconsistent or overly emotional parenting on your part. Your child responds in kind. You are unpredictable and moody, so they are too. 2) “Bring them up in the discipline of the Lord” – This means you follow a consistent pattern of external …
September 26, 2013
Anger is an emotional response to a felt offense. It is an emotion, not sin. But uncontrolled anger can result in sin. Submit your anger to the Spirit of Christ. Allow Him to rein it in. This is not stuffing it, but allowing the Spirit to help you control it, so that the offense is properly confronted. Two cautions: 1) Deal with anger urgently within 24 hours “do not let the sun go down,” and 2) Be aware that Satan is looking for an opportunity to insert himself into your relationships through your uncontrolled anger. Properly dealt with, anger can actually energize you to address a needed relational problem.