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Monday, April 23, 2012

Uncontrolled Anger

By Lance Cordle
     Henrik Stenson played in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C. According to Yahoo! Sports, Stenson’s temper tantrum on the fifteenth hole resulted in his smashing his club to the ground, breaking it, and cutting his hand. Stenson is not the first golfer to slam a club into the ground nor is likely to be the last. Golf can be a very frustrating game and controlling ones temp can result in character-building and maturity.
     Of course, golf is not the only part of life that motivates a loss of temper. Everyday life can be frustrating as well. Those who learn to control their tempers will bless themselves and others.
     Listed below are some of the common consequences of loss of control.
¨ Broken electronic equipment
¨ Broken drywall/sheetrock
¨ Broken bones
¨ Broken dishes
¨ Broken mirrors
¨ Broken furniture
¨ Broken relationship between parents and children
¨ Broken relationships between siblings
¨ Broken relationships between spouses
¨ Broken hearts
¨ Broken promises
¨ Broken lives
     Now recall some of God’s instructions concerning anger and ponder how those broken things above can be avoided.
¨ Proverbs 15:1: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
¨ Proverbs 16:32: “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
¨ Ephesians 4:26: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger…”

- Lance Cordle preaches the Calvert City church of Christ in Calvert City, KY.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website:
http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com 

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