Welcome to Motivational Mondays!
First things first, what is Motivational Mondays?
Just like it sounds, to motivate, to empower, and to encourage you on the first day of a fresh week. I don't know about you but Mondays can be a drag for me, so sometimes words of encouragement and positivity are helpful to start my day off right.
Motivational Monday's topic is: 5:59/ 8:59
It doesn't matter where you live in the world, the sun will always set at different times. Nevertheless, the bible tells us that the sun should not set on our anger. We should not go to sleep angry at others.
When we hold our anger towards others we make room for the devil to use us. We get distracted by all the bad, that we’re not thinking of the good, we’re especially not thinking of God.
I wanted to touch on this topic because I have and still fall short on releasing my anger. Anger is a very powerful emotion, to say the least. It is extremely destructive and can leave people hostile and bitter. Anger is the one emotion that I use improperly. Let me explain.
When someone hurts me, or I see them hurting others, I take notice and process that incident thoroughly. I’ve been lied to, betrayed, hurt, used, and abused by other people, and in doing so I find myself not trusting them. Slowly but surely I pull back and disclose less about myself, leaving conversations one-sided because I’ve mentally blocked myself from exposing too much of my personal life to them. Deep down it results in distrust and anger.
Does this sound like you?
For years I had this mentality. My unresolved conflicts, poor confrontation skills, and pessimistic mindset resulted in built-up anger that only left me resentful, bitter, let down, disappointed, and hurt. Over time this built-up hurt started attacking my body physically. Chest pain occurred, body aches, and stiffness in muscles all happened over time. Holding on to too much anger will cause significant things to happen to the body. So let it go!
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he
God Has Simple Instructions on How We Should Manage Our Anger.
I have repetitively mentioned in the last two blog posts (Facing Confrontations and Resolving Old Conflicts) that we MUST always pray first. Pray and believe that God will handle it. Pray for calmness in the midst of frustration and rage. Pray for clarity, guidance, discernment, and understanding.
Take a Time Out
Walk away!!! Perfect the skill of walking away when things get too heated. Yes, it's a skill. It's called self-worth and self-discipline. We should also do self-check-ins. The best decision that we can make is to remove ourselves from the situation and reflecting on what occurred.
Don’t Let Your Anger Control You!
Like I said before, anger is a consuming emotion and if handled incorrectly will cost you. The bible says in Psalm 4:4, Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.
Forgive and Let It Go!
Be like Elsa, and Let It Go! There is no sense in holding on to something that will not benefit you long term. Life is too short and too serious to hold on to the negativity.
Forgiveness is a hard pill to swallow and wrap your head around. Most people will forgive yes, but won’t let it go. Stop holding on to things that will weigh you down. How will you grow when you're stunting your process.
I now ask myself these questions when facing confrontations and trying to eliminate drama and confusion with people. Is this helping me? Is this kind? Is knowing this healthy for me because I have a giving heart? Will this matter a day, a week, or a month from now? Is this beneficial for me to know this or are you just gossiping? Let It Go!
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
If we let our anger drive us into sin it opens up spiritual footholds, which makes room for the Devil to come in. The Devil isn’t dumb, he is in fact very intelligent and organized. He is patient, waiting for an opening to swoop in to conduct chaos and mayhem. The Devil already knows that to God having faith and forgiveness is imperative, so when we are sinning it pains the Holy Spirit of God. When the Holy Spirit is pained he will withhold the Fruits of the Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). When the Fruits of the Spirit are withheld from us because of our sinful nature, these footholds appear and the Devil begins to manifest the Fruits of the Flesh which are centered around sexual immorality, impurity, idolatry, debauchery, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like, Galatians 5:19-2.
So, when you see the sunset every day remember your anger. Stay silent until you heal and then go to that person and hash out your transgressions. God loves to see it. God loves relationship building. Be motivated to release, repair, and let go of your anger.
You only have until SUNSET! You got to make it COUNT!
**I hope everyone has a safe and blessed week and I will see you all on Saturday for our Weekly Topic Saturdays**
~Just Breathe...A Golden Dream~