Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 8th, 2021
Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord.
Psalm 4:4-5 (NLT)
Sleep On It
Sleep is a challenge for many Canadians. 1 in 2 adults have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep. 1 in 5 adults do not find their sleep refreshing. 1 in 3 adults have difficulty staying awake during waking hours. Why is this? Adults who get insufficient sleep report an average of 4.0 hours of sedentary time a day compared to an average of 3.5 hours for adults who get adequate sleep. 36.3% of adults who get insufficient sleep report having chronic stress.
Years ago I knew a man with an anger issue. You never knew when it was going to explode. What was interesting was that as soon as he expressed his anger, he was over it. He calmed right down and went on with life. The problem was, those to whom he expressed his anger were left to deal with the emotions of what they had just experienced. Psalm 4:4-5 gives some good practical advice: “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord.” I love how practical the Bible can be. There is anger that leads to sin. Not all anger does. When Jesus upset the sellers in the Temple, He expressed anger – righteous indignation really – at an injustice, a misuse of God’s Temple taking advantage of God’s people for financial gain. Jesus never got angry when an injustice was made against Him – and that happened often. When we feel anger rising up inside us, because we feel we have been wronged or slighted, take the counsel here – sleep on it. Pray about it. Then respond as Jesus would – and did!
These have been words from the heart.