Confession: I have a short fuse.
Many of you know this already. I’m working on it. I know I have a temper. I acknowledge it. I try to keep it in check. But just in case you didn’t know it, kids are freaking irritating sometimes. Sometimes they’re irritating a lot of time. Sometimes it’s most of the time. They push every button that you have and they find ones you didn’t know you had and they create new ones just so they can push them. All. Day. Long.
And that’s no excuse to get mad. I know that.
So just on the off chance that you struggle with anger, here are some verses that might help you focus on controlling it a little better. These are from a daily bible plan that I’m *trying* to start doing that specifically deals with anger.
But you don’t struggle with anger, do you? Nah, probably not.
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. – Proverbs 19:11
It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. – Proverbs 20:3
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. – Proverbs 29:11
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. – Ephesians 4:26-27
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. – James 1:19-20
What have I learned from these verses? I’ve learned that I’m often a fool. I’ve learned that I’m often NOT wise. I’ve learned that I’m not terribly patient. I’ve learned that I sometimes give the devil a foothold in my house, my family, my life. And that’s not okay with me. I want better for my kids than that. I want better for my life than that. So I’m trying.