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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don't Fool Yourself - Deal Biblically With Your Anger

Anger, fools, controling temper, Bible, God
The Bible says fools vent their anger...

I'd rather not mention it, but Scripture says "Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Proverbs 28:13). 

So here goes: I sometimes lose my temper. 

Why? 

Oh, I could say that people or events provoke me or that I have good reasons, but the truth is this: I lose my temper because I'm a fool (and a sinner). 

Why a fool? Because:
  • "Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back" (Proverbs 29:11). 
  • "Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult" (Proverbs 12:16). 
  • "Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs" (Proverbs 19:11,NLT). 
 Of course, there's no value in telling you this unless I realize: 
1. I can change with Christ's strength (Philippians 4:13). 
2. It requires saying "no" to the wrong attitudes and behavior (Titus 2:11-12). 

Now it's your turn--ask God which sin you need to work on and do something about it! 
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Bible Study
Sometimes we get lazy about our walk with the Lord. We excuse, accept or ignore sins in our lives. Or we compare ourselves with others who are worse and think we don't need to change.

1. Study the verses below and let them inspire you to work on areas of your life where you need to change:

Philippians 2:12-13: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Ephesians 4:22-24: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

2. Check out another Bite Size Study called "I Can't Change." It gives practical ways to deal with sins in our lives.

Insights
Please work through the study before reading these insights.

Philippians 2:12-13: 
This is such an important passage, explaining the balance between God's work and our work in Christian growth. We're commanded to be serious about our sanctification (i.e. "with fear and trembling"), but only God can change us. Our responsibility is to yield to His work in us, repent of our sins, and obey what we know to be true.  See also Romans 8, especially verses 12-13.

Ephesians 4:22-24: 
Becoming a Christian is the beginning of a process, not the end. 

copyright 2014, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted copyright 2014, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
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