“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
We are more than conquerors when we do not walk after the natural substance of the flesh. It is not easy to put our passions aside when in the heat of the moment of being provoked; it takes control and a deliberate will to follow after the spirit. When we respond with our flesh and erupt in anger, destruction follows. But when we allow the spirit of Christ to dwell in us, life and peace are our reward.
To rule over our passions is an act of war upon our flesh but the one who learns to do so has accomplished much. Reflect on this; a freight train running down hill without breaks will surely cause destruction in its path; but the same train controlling the breaking system and making a deliberate descent will arrive safely and soundly. We must learn to live after the Spirit of God to have the control in matters that entice reactions from our flesh; whether they are passions of anger or passions of lust. When we came to God through Christ, we were living after the flesh, but that was put to death and we were raised again to life through the Spirit because we became the children of God. (Romans chapter 8).
When we have obtained mastery over our brute reactions; we have gained a great victory! Those who would have suffered because of our rash of anger are not harmed; foolishness is not the brand upon our forehead; but instead we wear the crown of grace and mercy as the Spirit rewards our efforts.
When we commit our ways unto the Lord, nothing will have the power to destroy the Spirit’s work within us and all of our thoughts will be established.
Prayer: LORD, we have been saved by hope! We know that our flesh wars against us constantly, but we have this confidence in you that the Spirit of God helps us in our struggle with the flesh. When we are caught off guard, the Spirit is there to intercede for us and our hope is realized through the application of your Word. Father, help us to master our passions. Teach us the wisdom to overcome the desire to respond in anger. Help us to obtain victory over this area of our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©
Monday, May 16, 2011
A Moment In Proverbs 16:32