Posts Tagged ‘anger’

June 10 Quote of the Day

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

All of us have someone in our lives or backgrounds that we call an enemy – or at least we avoid them with everything we have. We dislike these people and want nothing to do with them. Holding grudges only hurts the grudge holder. Anger only hurts the angry.

So take some time to look at the person you find so repugnant. Try to see how life has shaped them.  Try to see why they have become the person they are and why they have done the things they have. When you really look into the life of another, enough to see their suffering and pain, you see a human just like yourself.  Chances are you won’t feel the same again.

 

May 10 Daily Verse

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

1 Peter 2: 1

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.

 

Father, how can we do this? Controlling our words, our thoughts, our anger and desire for revenge is a superhuman task. Would You fill us, Lord, with Your Spirit? Remove all the undesirable traits that make us less like You.

 

 

May 8 Daily Verse

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

1 John 2:11

But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

 

Father, teach us how to forgive. Those we love have the power to hurt us more than those we have no relationship with. Father, the hurt can go deep some times. We are Your children and we want to forgive as You have done but we’re not very good at it. When we are unable to forgive on our own, lift the anger and bitterness from us. Flood us with Your love so the hatred can’t live in us. And, Lord, help us speak forgiveness even when we don’t feel it.

 

 

May 28 Daily Verse

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

James 1:19-20

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

 

Anger is a problem for all of us, Lord.  We get angry and spout off without thinking. We hurt others and tarnish our own reputations when we do this. And worst of all, Lord, we don’t present your righteousness when we let anger control us.

Help us, Lord, to reign in our tempers. Teach us to show discretion when we speak. May we always desire to do what is necessary to show Your righteousness.

 

July 6 Quote of the Day

Friday, September 7th, 2012

If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.
Bette Davis

 

I’ve known many parents of 3-year-olds who have been crushed by the screams of ‘I hate you!’ coming from their little one. Don’t be. There will be many times in your life when you have to stand between your little one and something that is potentially harmful.

You’ll need to say ‘no’ and mean it.  Your children have no concept of the dangers they face walking across a busy street or visiting with friends whose parents you’ve never met.  Children just assume that cars will stop and all parents are as loving as you are. When they hit those teen years, they understand the potential dangers but are just too cocky for their own good. They’ll still have occasional ‘I hate you’ moments.  Stick to your guns and realize that you, too, hated your parents on occasion.  Now you’re older and understand their concerns. Sometimes you even marvel at how lenient they were! The day will come when your children will be standing in your shoes, loving angry children enough to brave their hatred and say ‘no.’  Only then, will they understand how much you loved them.

 

July 4 Quote of the Day

Friday, September 7th, 2012

The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
Jorge Luis Borges

 

Sometimes the arguments we have with our co-workers, friends and even family seem a little like this. The excessive heat across most of the country is pushing us to argue over silly things that would never bother us otherwise. Keep an eye on your temper and think before you blow up. When you‘re having trouble biting your tongue, ask yourself ‘Am I arguing over a comb when I’m bald?’ If the answer is ‘yes’, take a deep breath and start over.  Give your opponent an apology and find some common ground.  Let’s not be starting mini-wars at home or at the office.  Plenty of those elsewhere.  Do yourself a favor.  Decide which fights are really worth having and leave the rest alone.

 

July 3 Quote of the Day

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

What kind of light do you have within you? You may wonder if you even have a light. There is an easy way to tell. Is you’re light one of loving and caring? Others who need will be drawn to you. Is your light laughter and happiness? Joy will surround you and radiate into the darkness.

Do you exude anger and hatred? The light will be sucked out of the area around where you live. Are you sad and withdrawn? Light is hidden under the sadness and won’t shine through you.

Polish your windows.

April 15 Daily Verse

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Colossians 3:8-9

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another

Father, if we were to learn this concept of controlling what we say to those we know and love, our relationships would become so much more satisfying. If we were to control the words we used when angry – not just the hurtful things we say – but the filthy language, we would be able to resolve our conflicts. If we could be truthful with those we love, trust could return to relationships. May we, who truly love You, have the desire to take this concept and apply it in our homes, our churches, our places of business, everywhere so that we can be a light to a world who so need to learn Your ways.

April 14 Daily Verse

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Lord, this is a hard thing You ask of us. We are not able in ourselves to conquer the bitterness and anger that comes at times. The hurt that we feel sometimes goes so deeply that only the strength of Your love can bring forgiveness. We want to do as You ask, Lord, we just aren’t always able. Help us to reach upward to You that we may walk in Your footsteps.

March 19 Daily Quote

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough.
Bede Jarrett

There is a lot to be said for tolerance of others and their differences but when that tolerance extends itself to allowing harm to others, it has ceased to be a virtue. We have been taught since childhood to control our anger so that – when confronted with real evil – we fail to step up to the plate. Maybe learning to control our anger should include lessons in when to express it.