Control Your Temper #178

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” (Proverbs 14:29, ESV)

God expects Christians to control their temper. It is not a virtue to have a short fuse or quick temper. In fact, it is sin: “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking but put away from you, with all malice” (Eph. 4:31). Outbursts of wrath come from a heart not yet trained in longsuffering, patience, meekness and self-control. Explosive displays of wrath harm your relationships, damage your influence and prevent you from doing the righteousness of God (James 1:19-20). You can control your spirit; you can put away anger and wrath. Do not make excuses for losing your temper, and do not blame someone else; take responsibility for your sin and then change your heart (repent). Replace outbursts of wrath with a soft answer that “turns away wrath” (Prov. 15:1). Nothing good comes from losing your temper. So, be wise and control your spirit. Refuse to lose your temper and act like a fool.

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