I have had a frustrating experience over the past few weeks. Without getting into specifics, I was boiling with rage against a man I didn’t know very well but with whom I was having some business dealings. If you want to hear the juicy details join my small group.
Twice this week I’ve written scathing emails to the man. Twice, before sending it, I have emailed my helpmate with the request, “Can you read this to see if I’ll have to repent of it later?” Twice she has offered important feedback so I don’t make a donkey of myself.
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19-20 ESV)
“A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1 ESV)
So, if you have a simmering rage problem like I do, make sure to say a prayer and ask (at least yourself) if you’re going to have to repent later of an email or a harsh word before you “hit send.”