Discipline your emotions 2

'Don't be angry or furious. Anger can lead to sin.' Psalm 37:8 CEV

Mike Singleterry, who played for the Chicago Bears American football team, was their star player - and a Christian. One day, however, they were losing, and the hometown fans got really aggressive and started dissing him. The TV cameras trained on Singleterry's face as he glowered at the crowd. He lost his temper and started toward the stands, shouting back. It wasn't his finest hour. But after the game was one of Mike's finest hours. He met with the press and apologised. No excuses, no blaming: just an apology. His emotions had got out of control and he took responsibility. Perhaps Singleterry had read these words: 'A wise man restrains his anger and overlooks insults. This is to his credit' (Proverbs 19:11 TLB).

Spiritually mature people discipline their emotions and make sure they accurately reflect reality. They can be sad, joyful, angry or elated in appropriate ways at appropriate times. They refuse to allow their emotions to determine their actions, attitude or choices.

One Christian author writes: 'When I feel things going against me, when feelings of anger and resentment begin to rise, it's time to stop and ask what's happening. Is this for the greater good, or not? Is God speaking to me, or isn't he? Will my flesh rule this moment, or my spirit?' That's good advice for you too!

So what now? As you go through life people will offend you. Sometimes it will be deliberate, other times they won't even realise. The question is: what are you going to do about it?

Soulfood: 1 Cor 1-3, Mark 14:53-65, Ps 13, Prov 25: 4-8

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