Do not be easily angered

Proof of the fact that Christ is in you, is seen if you have these fruits: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Cor. 13: 4.5)

The Greek word “paraxuno”, i.e. to be angered, comes from the root of the words “acid”, “quickly”, “suddenly”. Also, its additional meaning is the word “near”. When we put all these meanings together then we get the meaning: to be irritated, to get angry and make sour remarks, to be hysterical and direct all this to the one who is near you.

The Bible says, “If you are in Christ and love Him unconditionally, then you will not be easily irritated. Those closest to you — your spouse, your children, your friends — are your biggest test. “

Do you have control? Are you easily annoyed? When you are in Christ, do you cry to Him when you are getting angry: “Lord, help me! Holy Spirit, comfort me! “

Just a few days ago, I had the opportunity to practice what I preach about. My wife Gwen said something to me that involuntarily pressed a button inside me. She didn’t speak with bad intent, but I quickly became hot and a stream of sour remarks erupted from my mouth, with angry words, each of which was intended to humiliate.

Gwen apologized (for something she had not even done), but I turned my back on her and went to my office. I sat there for an hour in the dark, complaining to the Lord: “God, she hit me where it hurts most. I had to answer. “

I tried to pray, but heaven was like copper. The next morning I took the Bible, it opened on page 1 Corinthians, and my eyes fell on this verse: “Love…. does not get easily annoyed. “

Suddenly, I saw in the mirror of God’s Word the irritated face of the preacher. My heart sank and I screamed, “Oh Lord, it’s me. Lord, forgive me! “

I immediately asked Gwen to come to me. She came in, I showed her the verse, and said: “Darling, read it. It’s about me, isn’t it? I was quick-tempered. Gwen, please forgive me! “

By David Wilkerson


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