Bad Influence

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Daily Reading: Song of Sol. 5:1-8:14, 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, Psalm 51:1-19, Proverbs 22:24-25

Daily Verse: “Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.” Prov. 22:24-25

Bad influence.

Unrestrained anger causes pain and sets a bad example for those who witness it. Everyone experiences anger sometimes; how we respond to it tells the tale. 

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27

 Paul’s letter to the Ephesians instructs us not to sin in our anger. As I have confessed, I’ve sinned and paid the price for my anger. Fear hides behind the rage. When anger rears its ugly head, looking for the fear behind the bomb helps diffuse it.

I’ve learned a lot of the fear behind my anger comes from deep seeded insecurities I didn’t realize I had. Feelings of low self-worth cause anger in certain situations. Digging down to find the root cause takes work, but in the end, it helps me overcome anger issues and live a more controlled life, setting a better example for others.

Work to identify the root cause of anger in your life. Don’t let Satan get a foothold. Defeat the devil by becoming more self-aware.

Lord, forgive us for sinning in our anger. Help us become more self-aware of the root causes of our anger by digging deep and identifying the fear. Don’t let the devil get a foothold in our lives. IJNIP. Amen

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