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My Quick Temper Needs Taming

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
~ James 1:19-20 ~

Our society is quick to anger and wrath because of being emotionally charged and reactive. Instead, James is teaching a fundamental truth that we are to be emotionally responsive by actively listening. This requires the discipline of mindfulness. Being aware and present without judgment and/or criticism. Despite our prejudices and biased natures. And the reason most of us are quick to anger is because we are quick to speak due to our lack of hearing. This happens in our relationships. It happens when we are operating out of our own lustful desires.
~ Genuine Faith and Authentic Religious Piety ~

Losing my temper can be a disease as it afflicts many of those around me. I attempt to cure this disease by applying mindful Christian principles to my thinking. The symptom of the anger-sickness is an uncontrollable impulse to judge and condemn someone else. Such emotional exploding I am really asserting that everything I think and do is justified. And anything another does is simply wrong. If I were not so sick when I denounce and accuse. I at least may realize that the momentary relief I get from my outburst is poor pay for the consequences I shall bear later

I learn that as a disciple of Jesus Christ means I ought to first be good to myself. Am I not ill when I allow anger to destroy my poise and peace of mind? When I lose control, am I not handing over control to the one I am treating like an adversary? Can anger ever express Christ-like love.

Humility requires that I seek quietness to help me cure my own emotional instability. Understanding the power of God’s grace and serenity is used to cushion the impact of whatever happens outside of me.


Heavenly Father, I have grown to bridle my tongue and tame my anger. For such I am grateful for your Spirit, patience, and love toward me as I learned how dangerous and powerful my temper has been in the past. I continue to seek your wisdom and guidance to find serenity in those moments where the temptation calls for me to explode in anger. Continue to help me monitor my thoughts and be mindful of my own tendency toward wrath. Grant me grace and love so that I may show kindness and compassion toward another suffering from the disease of anger. In Jesus Name, Amen.


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