Daily Devotion for June 16, 2017

'Better Than the Mighty'

Proverbs 16:32 NAS

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, 

And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

God's Word says there is something “better” than the mighty—being “slow to anger” is better. Matter of fact, being slow to anger” is better than might, better than strength, and better than success. The Bible says why...

Psalm 37:8

Cease from anger and forsake wrath...it leads only to evildoing.

Proverbs 14:29

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

Proverbs 19:19, 29:8

A man of great anger will bear the penalty...Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger.

Proverbs 30:33

For the churning of milk produces butter...So the churning of anger produces strife.

Ephesians 4:26

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

Colossians 3:8

But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech...

James 1:19-20

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to angerfor the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Galatians 5:19-20,24

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity...outbursts of anger...those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you...Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Heavenly Father, help us become believers of “great understanding” who “rule our spirits” in the area of anger. We ask for Your Spirit and Word to increasingly rule in us, so we “cease from anger,” stop producing “strife,” and “turn away” from this deed “of the flesh.”  As we choose to “put away...ALL anger” through your Spirit's enabling (because we know “the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God,”), make us more and more enabled to “be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger” instead. We put our anger “aside” for our best good, for the best good of others, and so You are increasingly glorified...

We ask this in Your Son's name—so we are “better than the mighty,” Lord...


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