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Hurting Your Heart

Oct 29, 2023 | Sunday Devotional

Psalm 37:8 “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil”.

When John D. Rockefeller was running the Standard Oil Company, a senior executive made a decision that cost the company over $2 million. The day the news leaked out, Edward T. Bedford, a partner in the company, was scheduled to see Rockefeller.

Prepared to listen to a long harangue against the man who made the error in judgement, he entered in the Rockefeller’s office. The powerful head of the gigantic Standard Oil empire was bent over his desk busily writing. Bedford stood silently, not wishing to interrupt. After a few minutes Rockefeller looked up.

“Oh, it’s you, Bedford,” he said calmly. “I suppose you have heard about our loss?” Bedford said that he had. “I ‘ve been thinking it over”, Rockefeller said, “and before I ask the man in to discuss the matter, I ‘ve been making some notes”.

Bedford later reported: Across the top of the page was written, “Points in favor of Mr. _”. There followed a long list of the man’s virtues, including a brief description of how he had helped the company make the right decision on three separate occasions that had earned many times the cost of his recent error”.

It has been said that anger is just one letter away from danger. Anger can be dangerous indeed. Just as controlling substances can take hold of our lives, so anger can cause us to do and say things we may have otherwise never said.

Anger can do a lot of damage. When we allow it to control our thoughts and actions, we not only hurt other people but we also hurt ourselves.

In fact, recent medical research has found new evidence linking heart disease and anger. According to an Associated Press release, Dr. Redford B. Williams Jr, and some of his colleagues did a personality study of 118 students in law school. They were graded on their hostility. Twenty-five years later, 20 percent of those who had scored highest as being angry persons had died, compared with only 5 percent of those who had registered lowest.

Dr. Williams said that people who are inclined toward anger may “get furious, for instance, in slow – moving bank lines. They complain to themselves about why other customers haven’t filled out their deposit slips ahead of time and may show their unhappiness by making sour faces or even surly comments on those ahead of them”.
No question about it, anger is hurtful to the heart – both physically and spiritually.

The New Testament admonishes, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice”. Ephesians 4:31. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful”. Colossians 3:15.

Have you ever noticed that when you are angry at someone, it’s difficult to be kind, witness, or serve others. Anger takes away our ability to live for Christ and centers our focus on ourselves.

Rather than allowing anger to rule in your heart, spend time in prayer while you’re upset. It’s not always easy to approach God when you’re worked up over something, but it’s better than approaching someone else with that anger.

Allow God To Restore Peace And Joy To Your Life By Removing The Anger. For Every Minute You Are Angry, You Lose 60 Seconds Of Happiness.

Pastor Paul Okonkwo
Independent Baptist Bible Church (IBBC),
New Haven,
Enugu

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