Sweet Soul Words: “I am slow to anger.”

I grabbed my phone around 4am, curious of the time and honestly the weather. I couldn’t sleep so I lay there thinking, I want coffee…And will my morning jog need a raincheck?

I noticed a couple of texts had come through late last night, so with squinting-no-glasses vision, I took a jab reading which of my sweet night-owl friends had reached out.

As you know, when looking at your text screen, we can only see the first sentence of any conversation. And according to my 4am squinty vision, one friend texted, “Hoping you turn your anger off at night😊.”

What? My anger off? Was I mad yesterday?

So with middle of the night thinking, I lay there with furrowed brow, recapping my day yesterday, looking for any trace of anger, and trying to recall a conversation I may have had with her about my being upset.

Anger off.   Hmmm …. Did I turn my anger off last night?

Well.

I am assuming that all of you smart people KNOW exactly what the text REALLY SAID.

RINGER. BECKY. SHE SAID RINGER.

And between us, all of my self-evaluations were all millisecond thoughts. It didn’t take me TOO long to put together that I am blind as a bat and she said RINGER.

However, the question still stands.  Do I turn my anger off?

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. Ephesians 4:26

It’s pretty black and white in Scripture to turn your anger off at night.  And even though I knew that I a) hadn’t been in an argument with Brent b) weren’t frustrated with my children c) didn’t have conflict with a friend – I could STILL have anger in my spirit.

My mis-read wan’t a mis-read at all. It was a heart check. Look at King Solomon’s words….

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9

Lodged in my bosom? Oh my.

Anger. Can. Get. Lodged. In. Your. Bosom. People.

This is not good. So King Sol is saying, you may not be ANGERY in the moment, but your anger might just be stuck inside of you. Undealt with anger.

And if you keep reading Paul’s heed in Ephesians 4:26, he says, “And give no opportunity to the devil.”

This is getting worse, y’all. And wait.

Anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20

So the moral of the story here is….. GET RID OF YOUR ANGER. Stat.

It can get lodged inside of you. It breeds playground for the devil himself and it does not produce the righteousness of God.

And if I were betting, the latter means the most to you. Or else you wouldn’t be reading this blog.

You and I BOTH want to grow closer to the Lord. Display His glory. Produce His righteousness.

But guess what?! Anger is our opponent.

Let us turn it off at night.

And in the morning.

And at noon. And And And.

As soon as it rises up….  take it to the Lord. Talk it over. Get your peace back in hand….

He is slow to anger. Abounding in love. And friend, so are you.

So… if you need a sweet soul word to heal an angry bone, here it is:

I am slow to anger.

I am slow to anger.

I am slow to anger.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  Psalm 103:8

 

And my own personal lesson here is…. I think it is time for readers. Selah.

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