Monday, June 2, 2014

Am I The Thorn Or The Rose?

"He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city." Proverbs 16:32

The Bible tells us to be slow to anger and there is a reason for that.  Anger always forces us to do something we regret later.  Anger can lash out and spurt out words that can ruin relationships and even ruin lives. It's amazing how just one moment of anger can change so much and can especially change how others view you.  As a human, we will get angry but as a child of God, we must gauge what angers us and how we handle that anger. 

"When under pressure, love doesn't turn sour.  The truth is, love does not get angry or hurt unless there is a legitimate and just reason in the sight of God."

The Bible holds us accountable for the things that make us angry.  Today I challenge you to go through your day and make a list of the things that make you angry.  Look at your list before you go to bed and ask God to show you which things were and were not legitimate in the sight of Him.  You will find that 90% of the things that anger you, are not worth getting angry over.

"A loving wife is not overly sensitive or cranky but exercises emotional self-control.  She chooses to be a flower among the thorns and respond pleasantly during prickly situations." 

"Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife." Proverbs 21:19

Am I the delicate rose, or am I the thorn on the stem that makes others bleed and scared to even hold a rose?  I'm not a wife yet but I hope that when I am, I am the loving wife that God commands us to be in the Bible.  As a wife, you are not supposed to nag or be overly sensitive.  You are supposed to be God's reward to your husband and what kind of reward or gift are you if your husband is constantly nagged at or he has to walk on egg shells because he doesn't want to hurt your feelings or anger you?  What a miserable life and that is not the life God called you to give your husband.  

Controlling irritability is easy for some and hard for others.  With this busy life and all the things going on in one day, it's very easy to be irritable.  I dare you to try and capture those moments and make sure you are still treating loved ones right even when under life's pressures!  Life is precious and so are the people in it!  

Today, be the flower among the thorns and work hard making sure people enjoy life around you rather than dreading it.