The Usual Suspects - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole


Bible Verses: Proverbs 19:19

“Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again."

Reflect and Respond:

Why do you think the word "hot" is used in context with someone's temper? How can you help keep your cool, or encourage someone else to do so today?


Father, if anyone has a right to be angry, it's You. Yet, You've chosen to offer me grace and mercy. Help me to do likewise for the people I meet at home, at work, and in my walk today. Amen.

We look forward to your comments and questions below!

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What I need to do is check my actions at the door.
Really important reminder! Thank you.
Super message to affirm with scripture. With teaching conflict resolution, there are techniques to use , such as: count to ten, which allows time to think before you fire back, try to grasp their perspective, show that you are listening to them by asking a relevant question calmly. God gives us tools.
Thank you for reminds me this word. I need to reléase my life completely to the Lord.
Don't tell me to "CALM DOWN"! Seriously though, this is a great reminder that our own actions can be a big part of the problems we face.
Thanks Mark!! This was a great reminder - To think before I act. Appreciate the encouragement
Thanks Mark. I need a reminder to stay cool. Great to hear what God has to say.
I think about this as a parent. When I get upset at “childish” behavior again and again...and again. Like you said. They are just being kids but something else is triggering me and I let it come out at them. Thanks, Mark, for reminding me to look in the mirror! Great message!
Thanks Mark! I never thought of myself as an angry person until I had kids. I can sometimes get in a crazy cycle where I get angry at something they say or do and then that get angry at me and I can get worked up pretty quick. Thanks to wisdom from the Bible and from my wife, I've learned to use self control because of God's Spirit working in me. I can choose to be a peacemaker and end the cycle.
Great insight Mark!