One given to anger stirs up strife, and the hothead causes much transgression. (Proverbs 29:22 NRSV)

Have you ever noticed that anger can cause us to do some dumb things? Several years ago William F. Merten of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, wrote to Reader's Digest to tell about a memorable argument he had with his wife. The argument was well under way as they left a party one evening. Once they were in the car, words were flying. The area they were driving through was not the best, so they stopped arguing just long enough to lock the doors. Then they started again. Merton's wife had really worked up a storm, and after a few choice words from him, she shouted, "Stop the car and let me out!"

Merton pulled over to the curb. His wife unlocked the door and got out, but then looked around and got back in again. Looking a little sheepish she said, "Take me to a better neighborhood."

That broke them both up--and the argument too. Anger can cause us to do some dumb things.

Christ can take the anger away, if we will allow him to consume our hearts.


God of love, fill me up with the love of your Son, so the anger in me will be pushed out. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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