Many times a person may need a neck adjustment or a back adjustment. But what some people need is an attitude adjustment! When I would get angry as a child, my mom would say, “You need to control that temper, young man.” That was easier said than done. But it’s not just children. Even adults often have a hard time controlling their temper. The Bible has a lot to say about our temper and how to control it before it controls us.
FIRST—The DESCRIPTION of our Temper.
Anger is also called “wrath” in the Bible. (James 1:20) says, “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” Uncontrolled anger is never good; it never helps a situation when a person loses their temper and lashes out in anger. In fact, the opposite is usually true. When a person gets angry, it only causes the tension in the other person to rise as well.
SECOND—The DECISION of our Temper.
Often, anger comes from pride on our heart. (Prov. 13:10) says, “Only by pride cometh contention.” You can be sure that when a person stirs up contention, it is coming from a prideful heart. Our temper can get stirred up by anything: the kids, our boss, our neighbors, or uncontrollable circumstances. But ultimately WE make the decision whether or not to be angry.
THIRD—The DEATH of our Temper.
(Ps. 37:8) says, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” One way to control our temper is by seeing things from God’s perspective. See, when we see things from God’s viewpoint, we realize that He is in control so when things don’t go according to OUR plans, they are still going according to HIS plan. That is why we need understanding.
“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” (Prov. 14:29)
Don’t allow your anger to fester because it will soon turn into bitterness and bitterness will destroy you! So, take time today to pray and repent of any anger or bitterness that may be in your heart. Your day will go so much better after you’ve had a good attitude adjustment.