Promise of the Day: Temper, Temper


Today’s Promise is Matthew 5:22 NKJV:

But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.”


I laugh every time I read this verse. Did you know that the words, “without a cause” are not in the Literal Translation? Nor are they in the Complete Jewish Bible or the Orthodox Jewish Bible. I can just see myself editing Jesus, with a red pen placing the words “without a cause” between the words, “brother” and “shall.” I’m sure that’s what He really meant to say, right? Actually . . . when I think of all the “cause” I’ve given Jesus to be angry with me . . . maybe that’s not what He really meant to say. 

Nursing anger toward anyone requires a focus on self, rendering us blind, deaf, and dumb in the Spiritual Realm. It’s like a soldier changing radio frequencies in the middle of battle. He or she is no longer connected with the command center, to receive direction, warning of possible threat, or to call for back up. We are no longer capable of serving or glorifying God, and the enemy wins. Don’t let anger rob you of your victory. Pride is a sorry exchange for eternal life.


Heavenly Father, You have been so gracious and patient with me, when I least deserved it. I don’t want to make a mockery of your grace by putting my pride before Your love. Help me dwell in Your presence, Lord, in Jesus’ name, and yield completely to Your will. Thank You for giving me the means to do that. Amen.

Have a victorious day in the Lord!


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