I spent at least an hour this morning flipping through my Bible; studying topics I really need to go over. Namely anger and forgiveness.
I won’t bore you with the all the details, but I’m in a situation that didn’t go according to my plan and I do find myself getting worked up and bitter when I think too much about it.
At first I prayed to “get over it.” I spent at least a good month praying every night for God to fix me. To make me happy so I could go on ’bout my business.
Starting out, my thoughts were:
I want to not be a selfish vindictive grump, God fix me! What? In order to change, I have to change?! That doesn’t make sense…
After a month of trying to pray my problems away, I finally got the message. 😛
Since I am committed to making a change, I’ve been spending a lot of time writing relevant scriptures and applying them. My goal is to submerge myself so deeply in God’s word that there’s no room in my life for that sneaky snake in the grass, Satan, to slither in.
These are the verses I’ve found most helpful for anger:
- In your anger do not sin; when you are on your bed, search your heart and be silent. (Psalm 4:4)
- Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret- it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. (Psalm 37:8-9)
- A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. (Proverbs 29:11)
And you know… since I’ve started studying these, I’m able to stop myself from getting all upset. There is power in the pages of a Bible. You just have to be willing to access it.