Something I have struggled with so much in the past and still a little now is having a short fuse, saying foolish or hurtful things, acting angry or hurt to get what I want, etc. I don’t even want to dive into the embarrassing stories upon stories of this happening in my home or in public. It was a problem and knew it was something that needed to be dealt with and changed, like immediately.
The first thing I did was pray. I needed help to change, I knew that I could not change on my own. As I was praying about what in the world I should do to break this habit that hurt others I loved and in turn myself, I was reminded of a verse in Psalms that says
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Then it struck me, I need to go through the Bible and write down verses about anger and controlling what comes out of your mouth and memorize them. Say them everyday. Speak those verses out loud until I am living, speaking, and acting how I should.
The verses that helped me the most were
Proverbs 29:11 “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
Ephesians 4:26 “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”
and Proverbs 19:11 “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.”
I am not a philosopher, a theologian, or a pastor. I am a human who can share their experiences, good or bad, and use those stories to encourage and direct you to the best Helper of all. If you are dealing with a sin or habit you want to be rid of I would encourage you to bring that before God and try to memorize verses that revolve around your specific situation.
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”
I hope this post offered you some Monday support!