By Chris Blevins
Last Friday I began a series regarding the Strength of Restraint. Webster’s describes the word restraint as having control over your emotions and/or behavior.
The Bible tells us in James 1:19-20 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God”
One of the most difficult actions one can take is inaction. The words that James penned are extremely hard to obey. How many times have we been angry and uttered words that we did not mean? Probably more than we would ever care to admit. James tells us to not allow ourselves to be easily angered and also to be careful not to spew words in the state of anger that would cause hurt to others. I have read the following saying online many times, “people may forget the words you say but they will never forget the way you made them feel.”
We must remember it is okay to get angry. Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” This is where we need the strength of restraint. When people say things about us, whether it be true or not, we immediately want to lash out. It is our nature to cast off restraint and let words flow from our mouth like water over Niagara Falls. We were born with the capability to give place to the devil. But it is no excuse. The whole point of this Scripture is the strength of restraint. Yes we may get angry. Yes our minds may formulate a fiery dart that could pierce many hearts. However, we have to learn RESTRAINT, which results from our learning more about Jesus Christ, reading His Word, and allowing our sinful nature to be changed. Most of the time we fire hurtful words for one of two reasons: jealousy or pride. We are either jealous over something someone has accomplished or we respond in anger to something someone has said that hurt our pride. Jealousy and pride. The Bible has much to say regarding these two sins and we will take a deeper look in next Friday’s article.
I pray you have a wonderful week and may the Lord bless you and keep you and may His face shine upon you, and give you peace.