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“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19-20, ESV) Temper tantrums are not cute, but toddlers and young children use them when they can’t get their own way. They may kick, scream, throw themselves on the floor, or even bang their heads. I once babysat a toddler who was a master of temper tantrums. The parents called from the restaurant to check on Miss Tantrum and seemed utterly surprised at the complete silence in the background.…

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1, NKJV). We live in an angry world. It seems each week we hear of another instance of this anger breaking loose and spilling onto an innocent bystander. We may have even witnessed angry outbursts or incidents of road rage by others. It’s never pretty. Anger is a destructive emotion and is often directed at those nearest—family, fellow workers, or even brothers and sisters in Christ. How do we respond when someone’s anger spills out on us? Does the Bible give us a good way to…

“He healeth the broken hearted, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3) People are angry. Protests and violence run rampant on the streets of our cities. Hate fuels decisions, and makes people react in ways they typically wouldn’t. As I tried to sort out why these tragedies keep happening, one word crossed my mind. Hurt. Humanity long ago made the decision that we could handle hurt, fear and anger all on our own without the help of our Savior. We have all suffered some sort of personal tragedy or loss. Maybe abuse stole your childhood, a disease took a family member…