Thank you to all my followers, supporters, and cheerleaders. On October 24th my husband and I began a 16 days trip to parts of Asia and Europe. During this period of time I will be posting a few of my own personal blogs – interchanging them with a few of my inspirational devotional writers. I am confident that they will bless and inspire you as much as they have been to me.
Today’s devotional is from Rick Warren the author of the Purpose Driven Life.
“Before You Retaliate, Calculate the Cost” By Rick Warren
“People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness” (Proverbs 14:29 NLT, second edition).
If you calculate the cost of anger, you’re less likely to get angry when somebody’s pushing your buttons.
The Bible is very specific about uncontrolled anger:
“An angry person causes trouble; a person with a quick temper sins a lot” (Proverbs 29:22 NCV).
“Hot tempers cause arguments” (Proverbs 15:18a TEV).
“A hot temper shows great foolishness” (Proverbs 14:29b NLT, second edition).
When you get angry, there is a cost: You’re going to get in trouble. You’re going to sin. You’re going to cause arguments. You’re going to make mistakes.
When you lose your temper, you always lose, whether it’s respect, the love of your family, your health, or even your job.
Maybe you use anger to motivate people to do the right thing. Don’t do it! In the short run, you may get the short-term payoff. But in the long run, anger always produces more anger, more apathy, and more alienation.
How many kids have become alienated from their dads or their moms because of out-of-control anger? How many people have been alienated from a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a husband, a wife, or a friend because somebody lost his or her cool? Anger destroys relationships faster than anything else.
So when someone starts pushing your buttons, before you retaliate, ask yourself, “Do I really want to push back? Do I want to cause a needless argument? Do I want to act foolish and fly off the handle?”
Proverbs 14:29 says, “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.”
Instead of retaliating when someone pushes your buttons, trust that God will help you control your anger. He’s right there with you, helping you to let go of your anger.
PASTOR RICK WARREN
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Rick Warren has helped people live with hope and on purpose for more than 40 years. He’s the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of several books, including “The Purpose Driven Church” and “The Purpose Driven Life,” read by more than 100 million people in 137 languages. He created the PEACE Plan (plant churches of reconciliation, equip servant leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, educate the next generation), which is used by churches in 196 countries. His radio teaching and daily devotional, Daily Hope, is offered across America.
This devotional © 2016 by Rick Warren.