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Control Anger

There is an old saying that a man is a fool who can’t be angry, but a man is wise who won’t be. Anger is a common emotion that we must all learn to deal with. The Bible says, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26-27).

This teaches us that not all anger is sin. There must be anger in the Christian life, but it must be the right kind of anger. There would be something essentially missing in a person who had lost his faculty for being angry. Crossness, bad temper, and irritability are without defense. But there is an anger without which the world would be a poorer place. The anger that we need is an anger against sin and evil and injustice. 

There were times when even Jesus was angry. He showed deep moral resentment against those who turned the Temple into a house of merchandise. We need more of this holy anger in our world today. 

But we must be careful lest our anger becomes sinful. Add the letter “D” to anger and it spells “Danger.” 

When does anger become sin? Anger that is selfish, undisciplined, and uncontrolled is always sinful. Anger should be speedily disposed of. Quarrels and resentments should be quickly resolved. Anger that is cherished is sinful and is a mighty weapon of Satan. When we lose control of ourselves Satan takes control of us.

Do you have trouble with anger? There is help available. Turn to Christ. When we give him control of our life, he in turn gives us self-control and we can master anger.

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Today's Devotional

Honesty in Business

A news article once told of a large feedlot that overpaid about $140,000 for feed grain due to an electronic “butcher’s thumb.” An electronic gadget operated by remote control was suspected of making grain truck scales at the lot register more grain than actually was delivered.

The newspaper said a 75-pound weight allegedly was attached to the scales under the truck weighing area, with the weight’s position on the scale beams determining how much a load was “padded.” A similar gimmick was used in a grain-storage operation in Colorado.

Such dishonesty is not a new problem. The Bible says, “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight” (Proverbs 11:1).

A false balance is just one way you can be dishonest in business. You can be dishonest by misrepresenting the facts about a product. You can be dishonest by taking advantage of the ignorance of others. You can be dishonest by making more than a fair and reasonable profit. You can be dishonest by not paying your debts. The one who does not pay his debts is a liar and a thief. He has given his word and not kept it. He has taken that which belonged to another and not paid for it.

All dishonesty grows out of greed and covetousness. Such dishonesty is an abomination (object of hatred, disgust) to the Lord. God can never be pleased with such things. But “a just weight is his delight.” God is pleased, even delighted, when people are honest and fair in business. Is God delighted with you? Not unless you are honest in every way.

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