Get Over It

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. – Proverbs 14:29

I used to have a bad temper and “fly off the handle,” a lot. As a child, I was known to “pitch fits” and throw rocks, a great equalizer when your brother and cousin are twice your size! Perhaps, it was frustration over being bullied or just a way to “scare” away an “enemy,” but like the old cartoon character, Yosemite Sam, being loud and crazy sometimes worked.

With age (and hopefully some added wisdom), I have learned to be more even keeled because anger rarely serves God’s purposes. Some leaders have struggled with their tempers, and it hurt their ministries. Learning from their example, I have done my best to be more patient with folks, though that patience may sometimes wear thin. The key to the change (and continued growth) has been a realization that “I” don’t matter as much as “Him,” and I must get over myself in order to set a godly example and move in a positive God-honoring direction.

Anger is an emotion that can be controlled by the indwelling Holy Spirit, but since it can rise up (like many feelings) unexpectedly, a consistent abiding walk is the only way to always be prepared.

Anger is short-lived in a good person. – Thomas Fuller

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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