A quick-tempered man acts foolishly...
He who is slow to wrath has great understanding...
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.
Putting a leash on anger can be hard, kind of like saddling a bucking bronco or hitting brakes on a runaway train. Or is anger like a simmering pot? When it begins to boil, the lid pops off. People can end up trampled, wrecked or burned.
At that point, anger got tag-teamed by wrath, a ruthless and unscrupulous demon.* 'Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil' (Ephesians 4:26-27, NKJV). Because given free rein, anger turns wild, attacking everyone within its path.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider some tactics to avoid bucking, racing and boiling anger:**
'Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you' (Ephesians 4:29-32).
And if you, like me, too often fail, then don't let the horse out of the corral, the power train out of its station, or a hot pot sit on the stove top.
Instead, go to your prayer closet. With respect, take your complaints to God. Pour out your passion. He can take it. Your anger comes under His control, as do the demons fanning bad flames.
## Proverbs For Performers: Controlling Anger (Part 61)
* Definition of wrath: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/wrath?s=t
** Previous Devotions below:
** Acting School (Part 18), Anger's Proper Place
** Psalm 37: Hearing From Heaven (Part 4), Good Refusals: Anger and Wrath
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.