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What gets on your nerves or really just gets under your skin? Parents, little brother or sister, teacher, and/or your friends? When I was a teenager it was all of the above and all the time.

Matthew 5:21-22 (NLT)

21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’[a] 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone,[b] you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot,[c] you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone,[d] you are in danger of the fires of hell.

Wow! Sounds harsh right? Have you ever considered that you could say things that were as deadly as murder? Or have you ever had your feelings hurt by the thoughtless words that someone else have said to you? Jesus is commanding us to take the power of our tongues much more seriously. I think he really wants us to realize that the wounds from insults and putdowns can sometimes take a lifetime to heal from. Just think about it… How often have you replayed the conversation in your mind of something mean that someone said to you or something mean you said to your mom or dad? It hurts and sometimes it really hard to forget about those words that were said.

Ephesians 4:26 New Living Translation (NLT)

26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”[a] Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry

We have all heard the saying “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” Its corny I know but we need to find ways to control our anger and watch our words. Think before we speak. If we could only take a second and think about why we are angry or is it even their fault? Instead of being upset with our parents for grounding us for our poor grades or missing curfew, should we really be upset with ourselves?

These scriptures really hit home the past couple of weeks for me. Several encounters with people whom I had high expectations for let me down and the first time I chose not to bite my tongue. I immediately regretted that and as my patience grew more an more thin it became harder and harder to not let me anger take over. However, I had to remind myself to be joyful. I will leave you with this Psalm and remember we are in this together and here when you need help dialing down that anger and frustration.

Psalms 35:28 (NIV)

My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.