Dr. Joe Bufford, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ James 1:19-20

We have a son who will turn eighteen this summer and has now been driving for three years. We praise the Lord he has neither had nor been involved in any kind of accident during that time. He has, however, been pulled over once for speeding. My wife and I knew it was just a matter of time before it happened. We had warned him over and over about slowing down.

He had a habit of always wanting to speed ahead of us if we had driven separate cars. When he did get pulled over we were not with him and he was on the interstate. It scared him to death and he assured the officer he was not paying attention to his speed. He lost his driving privileges (notice “privilege,” not “right”) for one month. I could not be too harsh because I once received two tickets in a matter of four days when I was his age.

I humbly share this story not to encourage you to drive slower, although you might need to, but to emphasize a practice I often teach people who struggle with getting angry. The practice is to work on going from “120 m.p.h.,” to “45 m.p.h.”

James says to be “Swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (anger).” Rarely does anything good come of those who blow their lid, their fuse, or anything else for that matter. Take a walk outside, stop and pray, or put this verse to memory. Above all, learn to say, “I am sorry,” if you do lose your cool.

To encourage my son in righteousness, I took a strip of medical tape and wrote the word, “GRACE” on it. I then placed it over his speedometer from the 75 m.p.h. marker and higher. It is a reminder that grace is a privilege, not a right! Jesus gave us what we did not deserve so learn to share grace, not anger, towards others.

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, please help me to control my anger so as not to bring destruction in my life or anyone else’s. Remind me to practice slowing down even when there is a justifiable reason to be angry. Thank You God for Your grace!

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