When No One Else is Listening

See what they spew from their mouths— the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, “Who can hear us?” (Psalm 59:7)

woman on phoneShe must have accidently butt-dialed me, because she would have never allowed anyone to hear her speaking to her husband like that. She wasn’t yelling, nor did she sound angry. He listened and made a comment or two, but she did most of the talking. The problem was she spoke to him in an all too familiar know-it-all, condescending, and disrespectful manner. Continue reading

Freedom from Anger

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” (James 1:19 – 21)

AngerI was in utter shock and disbelief! Not because I heard the F-bomb, but because I was the one who said it. Bypassing my mind’s filter, it hurled itself off the tip of my tongue defiling the ones who heard it – courtesy of a split second of uncontrolled anger over an insignificant, momentary annoyance. Continue reading