Be Slow to Anger [Ecclesiastes 7:9 Devotional]

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Be Slow to Anger [Ecclesiastes 7:9 Daily Devotional]

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9

This verse is simply a poetic way to say we should be slow to anger. Anger can be a good emotion, and Jesus was angry at times, so we don’t want to tell ourselves to never be angry. Rather, it’s important to not get angry quickly, for that’s a sure way to be considered a fool. Those who cannot control their temper are fools according to the author of this verse in Ecclesiastes.

Be Slow to Anger

There are some practical things you can do if you struggle with being quick to anger. The first is anger management. Just like counseling, there’s no shame in seeking professional help. I’ve known countless Christians who have gone to anger management and have come out on the other side a better person. Don’t discount the power of professional help.

Beyond professional help, breathing is also a way to calm down and control your temper. Intentional breathing causes you to slow down and think before you act (or overreact). This is a great tool to use when you’re caught off guard.

Lastly, prayer is a great way to combat getting angry quickly. Pray about what’s making you angry and submit that to the Lord. He may not answer your prayer like you think, but, just like intentional breathing, it will slow you down in your anger.

Prayer

Father, help me to be slow to anger. Develop patience in me as I learn to interact well with people. Help me to be strong and intentional in my interactions with people. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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