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“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” James 1:19-20).

The anger of man, not the anger of God.  But for you, it is important to focus on the first.  What power do you have to do anything?  What does your anger accomplish?  Is it not mostly that you are being reminded that you are powerless?  Be slow to act in anger and think about what the Lord has said.  Know that He alone knows what is right and good.  Walk in His way always.

Lord, You know where my emotions get the better of me.  Lead me, Lord, in the way of truth that I would walk humbly with You, listening to Your Word and seeking first Your righteousness.  Open my ears, let the words of my mouth be acceptable in Your sight and help me to step out in faith as one who does what You require.  You know where the obstacles are, Lord.  Remove them so that I may walk in this faith You have given me.

Dear Lord Jesus, You died to regulate my loud mouth, anger, frustration, and desire to control others.  You died so that my ears might be opened and my heart changed.  You died and rose again because You are God and I am not.  Let me die to sin and then live for You, my Lord and God, in order that I may become what You have always intended me to be.  Teach me how to do these things which are against my sinful nature.  Teach me to be like You.  Amen.

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