Hammer and Nails

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Justice-Seeking: Developing self-control

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Proverbs 29:11

A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.

When was the last time you got angry? Think back to when you got so angry that you lost your cool. Here are some questions to answer:

What made you so angry?

What did you do 

After you cooled down, how did you feel? 

Losing our cool when we are angry can be dangerous-to ourselves or to others. That's what happened to Cain. Cain was a farmer, and his brother Abel was a shepherd. Their parents, Adam and Eve, taught them to bring an offering to God. Abel chose the very best lamb he had to give to God. Cain carelessly grabbed some fruit. God knew the care Abel had taken in choosing his gift, so God was pleased with Abel's offering. God also knew that Cain was thoughtless, so He was not happy with Cain's gift.

How did Cain react? He got angry. He got so angry when Abel's gift was praised and his gift was rejected that he ruined lives. He called his brother Abel to a field and killed him. God saw it happen. Cain's punishment was that he could no longer grow crops and that he must leave his family forever. Abel's life was over, Cain's punishment was for the rest of his life, and Adam and Eve lost both their sons.

Getting angry happens. It's how you handle your anger that can become dangerous. Think about three or more options for what to do when you feel the anger sweeping over you.

What is the best way to deal with losing your cool? Think about it before it happens. Have a plan for what you will do to cool down. Think about your plan so you won't forget it. Use your plan right away the next time you feel angry. The life you save with your plan may just be your own.

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