Anger management

RE Verse reading–Mark 6:45-52, 8:1-21 (day six)
“After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray”  (6:46)  When Scripture says “be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger”, (James 1:19) it makes a huge requirement.  None of us does this easily.  A certain caution is required.  It makes me wonder.  What was Jesus praying about that night when he sent the disciples ahead?  Just speculation, but surely it was already obvious to Jesus how SLOWLY they were understanding His words.  Was He frustrated?   Was part of the night of prayer dedicated to knowing what He should say and when?  A lesson for both home and church.  I never regret taking time to pray about the things and people who disappoint before I say anything. I appreciate the same when I am the one needing correction.  “I have prayed for you”, Jesus told Peter before his great/public failure.  (Luke 22:32)  A wise step for us all, I think.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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