Gbenga OwotokiWednesday, September 20, 2017
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ury is dangerous! It has torn many families apart and ruined so many lives. It is toxic. It works like an acid which does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to any material it is poured. Anger is not the solution. It cannot build anything but can destroy everything. It burns like a raging inferno and consumes everything in its path. It takes a complete hold of your mind and your brain cells such that the damage would have been done before you realize it. The book of Proverbs 29:11 says, "A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." Don't act when you are angry, you may live to regret it. Don't speak when you are angry otherwise, you'll make the best speech you will ever regret.

There was a family who own a cat that grew up to become a part of the family. Members of this family were fond of the cat. The youngest member was barely a few months old when the cat showed up in the living room with blood in its month, the father of the house was literally livid with anger, rushed and struck the cat on the head several times until it died. He ran into the room where the cat came out from thinking that the cat had attacked his baby but the sight that greeted him almost made him collapse in pain and regret - A dead snake on the bed with blood splattered on the beddings and his young son lying in a crib nearby - the snake would have attacked the child if not for the swift intervention of the cat. Without thinking the man had killed a defender of the family.

Don't jump to conclusion; you may be wrong. Developing spiritual stamina is very important in this regard. It helps you to react with wisdom rather than through your emotions when you are face with challenges as narrated in the above story. You will actually make yourself angry when you perceive a situation wrongly or when you chose to respond through your head rather than through your heart. Before you act, listen! Before you assume, learn the facts! Stay open minded. Things aren't always what they seem to be. How many innocent people have you 'killed' with your mouth? How many of your benefactors both present and future have you chased away because of a moment of anger? These are the people that will defend you against the 'serpents' but alas, you have pushed them away. Do you take time to remember the good that others have done for you? Nobody gets to the top by accident, God will always use people to help us fulfill our destiny and move us to the top. Be careful how you treat people whether directly or indirectly. Those that have had your back in the past, those that stood by you when others neglected you. Oh! How you need to hold on to such people. Reach out today if you need to build the broken bridges and make amend. You are not an island. Be humble enough to apologize where necessary and avoid irrational reaction who knows, you might just be saving yourself from the serpent lying in wait…think about it!