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Love is not easily angered DAY 7

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 Italways protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 It’s been a week since lockdown started and life has definitely changed. Personally, I’ve felt how all my ‘systems’ have started to slow down. I have time to think and time to consider my ways. As the pace of life has started to pause a bit, it made me think of today’s verse. Love is not easily angered. …it is not easily angered We all have a button or two that once pushed we can snap and the anger and emotions start rolling like thunder. One translation says ‘not easily offended’. For many years I was easily offended and oversensitive to other’s opinions or criticism and I was easily angered. It caused that many people had to walk on eggshells around me. Not a good thing. As we are locked-in and the close-combat of family life starts to invade your personal space, you might also be faced with this challenge. In my journey to get rid of this terrible way of reacting, two things played a massive role. I’ll share it in the hope that it can help you on your journey. As I kept on surrendering my life to God I started to understand and believe my true identity in Christ. What He thought of me, mattered more that other’s opinion. Like a child who is deeply loved by his parents can walk secure into the world, so I too, as a beloved child of the Almighty God, can walk with head held high into any situation. That brought so much security in moments where I felt deeply insecure and directed me to stop looking for others’ approval. In Christ I was already approved because of the finished work of Jesus. This still helps me in my dark moments of insecurity when I lose perspective and listen to other voices more than the voice of my Father. Have you found your deepest worth and security in the love of the Father? Secondly, I have learned to pause. When Paul says love is not easily angered I think he is speaking of time too. People who are easily angered can snap in a moment. If we can learn to pause, to step back and not react immediately, it can save a lot of marriages, prevent a lot of pain and help us to navigate through life’s murky waters. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry James 1:19 I love the practically of this verse and the sequence. First of all we need to listen first. So many times our anger outbursts was just because we didn’t listen well in the first place. Then we need to be slow to speak. Literally to bite the tongue. Hang on a moment before you react. If we do step one and two, we will be slow to become angry. I still have a long way to go on this specific path, but I have committed to go down it. Want to join me? Stay safe and stand strong. Retief Burger

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