Controlling anger (2)


By Femi Aribisala

One of the ways we can control our anger is by overlooking offences.  Solomon counsels: “A wise man restrains his anger and overlooks insults.

This is to his credit.” (Proverbs 19:11).  Your busybody friend who is a news-broadcaster asks: “Do you know Ngozi says you are a cheapskate?”  Simply reply: “Good for her.”  Jesus says: “I do not accept praise from men.” (John 5:41).  If so, neither should we accept insults but should ignore them.

David provides a practical response: “I, like a deaf man, do not hear; and I am like a mute who does not open his mouth. Thus I am like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth is no response. For in you, O LORD, I hope; you will hear, O Lord my God.” (Psalm 38:13-15).

Pay no attention to insults.  Don’t allow the pettiness of others to bother you.  Leave everything to God, our Father.


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