Bible Society of South Africa

Control your anger – 26 February 2021

By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Bible text(s)

9Happy are those who work for peace;

God will call them his children!

Mk 9.50Lk 14.34–35

Lk 12.57–59

Mt 19.9Mk 10.11–12Lk 16.18

Lk 6.29–30

Lk 6.27–2832–36

Matthew 5:9GNBOpen in Bible reader

1A gentle answer quietens anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.

Proverbs 15:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

32It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.

Proverbs 16:32GNBOpen in Bible reader

Last week, a woman in Edinburgh, Scotland, pleaded guilty to biting off part of a man’s tongue during a quarrel and spitting it on the ground. A seagull dashed down and grabbed the tongue before flying away! The worst thing is that the two people did not know each other at all before the incident. They walked past each other in the street before an argument ensued. It ended in the tongue-biting episode.

Shocking, right? Yet we also act in strange ways at times if we do not control our anger and choose self-control in challenging situations. Is it easy to turn the other cheek, to not take offense in situations where you feel you have every right to do so or to remain silent when you know your words will ignite further anger? No. It’s incredibly difficult and yet it is possible.

In Matthew 5: 9, Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”It is also written in Proverbs 15: 1: “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” And in Proverbs 16:32 we read: “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”

To make peace, to turn the other cheek, to choose not to take offense and to end conflict with a soft word, does not make you “weak”. It rather demonstrates how strong you are because of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life – after all, self-control is a fruit of the spirit.

Let us ask God to fill us anew with His Holy Spirit so that we too can escape any “tongue-biting” episodes in our lives! God bless.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit as a gift. Please help me to act with self-control in every challenging situation. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen

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