Anger: Soft Target - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole


Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:26-27

“And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil."

Reflect and Respond:

What things are making you a "soft target" today? How might you become a "hard target"? I'd love to hear your comments!


Father, please help me be aware of any anger traps that I might fall into. Instead, let me be responsive to Your Holy Spirit so that anger cannot control me. Amen.

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When feel anger coming on, that when I pray and talk to God about the situation and let God handle it he is better qualify.
Praying for you! I hear you!
Great point Michael! Training our selves is key!
Pain like that makes anger easy to jump to, Christine. Praying for you today to grow in the grace and mercy that comes from God!
Thanking God right with you, Suzie!
Great work Linda! This is EXACTLY the right time to be praying for understanding and NOT giving in to anger!
Yes Lord help me when I feel that anger welling up in me
Be aware upfront of any tendencies you may have that cause you to react angrily. Before going into that particular situation, ask God to help you react differently this time and remember how empowering that New response feels. Also, try to change your expectations of what you will find in a situation. If you expect to find problems when you get home from work, for example, problems will be the first thing you see. When you expect something good, your mind is more likely to focus first on that good thing, thus changing the whole tone of the situation. Easy, no! But with practice, you will develop the new habit of looking for the good instead of the bad.
Generally, i think that feeling overwhelmed makes me more susceptible to anger. Or feeling like someone owes me something. I could plan better so I am not so overwhelmed, but the second one is just selfish. Who am I really? I want to be better at putting others before myself. I guess I need to show the same grace and mercy to others that is given to me because of Jesus. Or understand that some people don't know about forgiveness. This is not something I have been able to change on my own, so most of the time I just stay to myself or don't say anything. God will have to be the one to help me change or I will have to be forgiven. It does not take away a broken ❤️. Especially when you really cared about someone and looked up to them. And they said they would help you but now will not even speak to you. 😭😭😭
Thanks for today's instructive encouragement. Some of the things that makes me a "soft target" are: unforgiveness, disobedience, jealousy, anger, idolatry, daily annoyances and anything that causes me to act and behave contrary to God's instructions. I give God thanks for His mercy, grace and love which enables me to become a "hard target" not easily flustered. By read, meditating and acting upon God's Word I am being renewed and transformed into the person He has created me to be. In this I greatly rejoice.
My community is experiencing protests and it makes me angry. Not afraid but praying for understanding of the problems.
Thank you