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Bible Verse To Lift You Up 05/14/2019 - Listening, Speaking, and Getting Angry
1 : 19, 20 ( ESV )
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.
have never been quick to hear, unless it's my own thoughts. This has
been a problem for me all my life, but now, in our present situation,
it has become a real issue. Fact of the matter is, I read the above
verses and I am quite sure they were written for me. I listen when it
suits me. I speak too much, and too fast. And, although I don't get
angry very often, when I do, it's usually a cataclysmic event.
this is one of the reasons I have been blessed to be Barbara's
husband and caregiver. In her prime, Barbara would usually let me
prattle on, and then say something that would oft times cut to the
heart of the matter at hand, and also put me in my place. How nice it
would be if I could state that I have learned my lesson, but the
truth is that I am still learning. If anyone reading this is like me,
then you may understand that this is a hard lesson, but a much needed
one, and now more than ever.
see, Barbara is very slow to hear now. In fact, sometimes she seems
not to hear at all. Barbara is also slow to speak now. Indeed, even
when she does speak, her words usually are barely at the level of a
a rock head like like me, these things can, and too often do, make me
angry, even though I am fully aware that she cannot help being the
way she is.
the real kicker though... Barbara never gets angry with me
over my shortcomings. Instead, she sometimes will whisper that she is
anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God, but I believe
that the lack of anger can reflect the righteousness of God.
have a lot to learn, and my inner man still has a lot of growing up
with my Lord's help, and the help of His servant, Barbara, I am
the way, although Barbara's outer self is decaying on a too fast
basis, I believe that her soul is very brightly reflecting the
righteousness and the glory of our God.
Chris, thanks for the humbling words. I am "learning" to not react negatively nor in anger no matter what happens. A steep learning curve for me!
It just hurts my sweet husband too much if I show displeasure and I know that this is not what the Lord wants of me in my caregiving.