God’s Words of Life on
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow
to become angry, because human anger does not produce
the righteousness that God desires.
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while
you are still angry.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control
than one who takes a city.
The one who is patient calms a quarrel.
I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands
without anger or disputing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not
boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take
pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves
to someone else.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving
each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s
example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the
way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
“I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or
sister will be subject to judgment. . . . Therefore, if you are
offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your
brother or sister has something against you, leave your
gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to
them; then come and offer your gift.”
Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
Devotional Thought on Anger
Is it possible to be good, and angry? We may assume the
answer is no. The “good” moms we watch either don’t get
angry or they don’t let us know they’re angry. Watching
such folks can leave us frustrated and guilt-ridden
our own tempers.
Paul writes to those of us who struggle with anger in
Ephesians 4:26: “In your anger. . . .” This little phrase packs
a punch because it acknowledges that it’s impossible to
completely avoid anger. God’s inspired Word recognizes
that anger is an inevitable human emotion.
But then Paul ties this little phrase to a command:
“Do not sin.” When we acknowledge our anger, we can
face it without fear. We can take a time-out
until we gain
control. We can express our feelings in careful words and
take personal ownership of the emotion.
What should you do with anger? First, accept its inevitability.
Second, don’t deny it. Use your anger constructively
to change situations without destroying people. Be angry,
but don’t sin. Then you’ll be good, and angry.
God’s Words of Life on
Asking for Help
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who
asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who
knocks, the door will be opened.”
This is what the Lord says, . . . “Call to me and I will answer
you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.
“Call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
replied, “What you are doing is not
good. You and these people who come to you will only
wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you
cannot handle it alone. . . . Select capable men from all the
people . . . and
appoint them as officials over thousands,
hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for
the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult
case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves.
That will make your load lighter, because they will share it
with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be
able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home
satisfied.” Moses listened to his father-in-
everything he said.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill
the law of Christ.
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in
our time of need.
In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me. . . .
I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
Devotional Thought on Asking for Help
Carol Kuykendall and Elisa Morgan surveyed one thousand
moms about their needs. To the question, “What do
you need most, Mom?” the women responded:
Another set of arms
To get organized
We can easily blurt out confessions like these, but
when it comes to everyday life, most of us have a tough
time actually asking for help. Griping seems to come more
Perhaps we feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness.
Or maybe we feel guilty—moms
are “supposed to”
be able to fix whatever is broken or hurt and do it better
than anyone else.
may ever have to ask is, “Will you help me?” Moses couldn’t handle all the needs of the Israelites alone; why
do we think we can handle all the needs of those around
us without help? Mom, swallow hard and seek the help