Thoughts for Today
As we become more mature in our faith, we will become more Christlike. And we will be more able to manage our anger. One of the most important ways to mature in our walk with God is to spend consistent quiet times with him. Cultivate a quiet time each day that will help you develop God's character in your life.
There is no set pattern for our times alone with God. Let the Holy Spirit guide you. Your time should include prayer. One mistake we often make in prayer time is talking too much. When two individuals are building a relationship, they have conversations. Both talk. Both listen. And that's the way it should be during our times with God. He wants to hear from us—but he also wants to speak. Maybe not in an audible voice, but through His Word, through our thoughts. And spend time meditating on Scripture. Maybe you will sing praises to the Lord. Perhaps you will journal. This will become the most precious time of your day.
Consider this …
To meet the demands of today's stress, we need quietness. Being quiet in God's presence will supply confidence. He can help us control our anger as we let him provide strength to deal with difficult people and situations. Quiet time with God will help us be calm rather than lashing out in anger. His strength will help us overcome self and sin.
Quiet time. In quietness and trust is our strength.
Father, I know I have not been faithful in spending daily quiet time with you. Please forgive me. As I begin to spend more time alone with you, teach me to listen. Teach me to be sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit. Enable me to walk in peace . . . and not in anger. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Anger: Our Master or Our Servant by Larry Heath. This study offers a clear explanation of anger, what causes it, and how to recognize when you are sinning with anger. It not only ministers to church members, but serves as a powerful evangelistic tool. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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