A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)
Well, this is not my favorite topic. Why is that? I have been very foolish in the ways that I have expressed myself. How so? I have frequently given full vent to my anger. You think so? Yes, I do. Have you given full vent to your anger recently? No, not recently. When was the last time that you have given full vent to your anger? I don’t know, I can’t remember. Isn’t that a very good thing? Yes, I suppose that it is a good thing. Either I have a very poor memory or it has been a long time since I have fully vented my anger. You don’t have a very poor memory. It has been a long time since you have fully vented your anger.
I’m not perfect. I still do get angry. I do still express words of frustration. I don’t hear anyone claiming that you are perfect. I am not saying that I have anger under perfect control. No, you do not have your anger under perfect control, that is not the point I am trying to make with you. What point are you trying to make with me? This should be one of your favorite topics to discuss. Why is that? You have made tremendous progress. You are not the easily angered person that you once were. You do not fly off at the handle all the time. You aren’t easily provoked. You have generally kept yourself under control. You are growing wise in how you express your frustrations. Would it surprise you to hear others say that you are a completely different person? No, not really. Why is that? I have heard people say that I am a completely different person. Have you really heard those comments and taken them into your heart and mind? No, not really. That is a mistake. Why is that? You need to be encouraged. You need to celebrate success. You need to recognize the changes that have occurred in your life.
How have you been changed? Why are you a different person? How have you been able to keep yourself under control? I deserve none of the credit for being a changed and different person. You have been changing me. You have been transforming me. You have been molding and shaping my life. That’s true I have been changing your heart. I have been transforming your mind. How have I been changing your heart and transforming your mind? You have been changing my heart and transforming my mind as I have come to meet with you in your word. That’s right. You have come to meet with me in my word. Has anyone forced you to come to meet with me in my word? No, you have drawn me to come to meet with you in your word. That’s right. But you, have decided to come to meet with me. Yes, that’s true. I want you to be encouraged that you have been a part of the changes I have been making you in you. You have been welcoming me to do my work in you. Celebrate that. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I have made many mistakes. I have given full vent to my anger. I have hurt feelings and harmed relationships. I have not kept myself under control. Help me to rely on you to express myself with thoughts and words that are helpful rather than harmful. Amen
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