OUR FIRST RESPONSE
By: Frank L. Adams Jr. #427391
I want you to take a moment with me and think about something. I want you to think about how you RESPOND when you get angry. Do you speak whatever comes to mind? Do you lash out in a way that makes people want to stay away? Only you know the true answer to that question. I ask that question because sometimes when we get angry about something we don’t think about how our response may affect someone else. Just think of how many times we’ve had to call someone back or go into the next room and say, “I’m sorry for how I acted earlier, I hope you can forgive me.”
Our actions speak and we must learn how to be mindful of what we do when we are angered. Everyone gets mad that is just human nature but it is what we do when we get mad that makes all the difference.
Some of us may think that we don’t have any control when we’re in that place because of what our track records have shown us. But let me ask you something, have you ever brought God into that moment? Like, instead of responding and saying a whole bunch of hurtful words to someone; use your tongue to talk to God about how you feel. He is more powerful than anything on heaven and earth and when we bring God into something we are given peace and a better way to respond.
In the book of James 1:19 (NKJV) it reads: So then my beloved brethren, let every man be, swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
Let us take our times in those heated moments and really think about what we are saying to someone else or even about ourselves. Remember, that with God nothing is impossible no matter how long we have been conditioned to it.
Frank L. Adams Jr. #427391 @Jpay.com