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Quick to Forgive and Slow to Anger
By Don Bowman
When it comes to forgiveness it is sometimes difficult to immediately swallow that lump in our throats called pride, yet when we do, we are and should be canceling all debt due. Then those thoughts of emotional punishment of revenge, that swirls up in our lower minds, to inflict on another do not arrive, and are stopped dead in there tracts. This frees us of possible resentments, bitterness, and the possible retainment of anger. The dark thick cloud that can hover over all concern, that brings about a certain silence and torment does not then strangle the union or harmony of all those involved. We need to learn to quickly forgive and let go, especially in small maters, yet if we can forgive in large matters we can prevent a lot of heartache and sorrows. Ultimately we should worry about the other and not of what is happening to us. To love is to forgive. Also if we are lacking in our forgiveness, we can ultimately retain the wrong or sin perpetrated upon us, and therefore also possibly acquiring many others negative traits. Thereby hardening our hearts and spoiling our minds.
Anger is a strong feeling of dislike and displeasure and can be aroused by actions, tones, words, and by the repetitions of them, yea, even the body language of another, yet there are manifold ways to percipitate this trait called anger. Within the quality of anger one finds, ill will, and malice, which produces resentments, bitterness, and acrimony, among many others. These flow through our spirits and therefore our spirits picks up these negative traits which settle there and then eventually become manifested in our speech, body language, tones, and actions. And the cycle continues! We need to master the art of controlling our temperament so as to be slow to anger and quick to forgive.
In Ephesians 4:30-32 it says that
"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath,and anger, and clamour, and evilspeaking, be put away from you,with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
And also in James 1:19-20 it also says that
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."
And in Colossians 3:8 it says that
"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth."
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