How often do conversations and remarks get out of hand at your house? If you're in a spiritually uneven marriage things can escalate rapidly. What happens when you just don't see eye to eye? I don't necessarily expect you to answer me - but I do know one thing...we all lose our tempers and react instead of acting with self-control.
Anger is a menacing thing - it simmers and stews and boils over. It produces toxic poisons that seep into a relationship unless you take measures to stop it. There are many Scriptures concerning anger. Here's a sampling of them:
If you are angry, don't sin by nursing your grudge. Don't let the sun to down with you still angry - get over it quickly; for when you are angry you give a mighty foothold to the devil. ~Apostle Paul (Ephesians 4:26-27)
(All Scripture quoted is from The Living Bible - TLB)
Whether you are in a Christian marriage or in an unequally-yoked marriage, if you are a child of the King, you possess a different set of anger management skills than a non-believer. God has equipped you with Spiritual sensitivity and an important component of your fruit of the Spirit; namely self-control.
The Apostle Paul lists self-control last in the fruit array - but certainly not least (Galatians 5:22-23). This particular quality enables the believer to mentally "pause in the heavenlies" before acting out in the flesh. Christ in us provides us with a check in our Spirit man and the power to overcome our flesh in a time of weakness. Simon Peter writes in his epistle about our growth in the Lord, citing self-control as one of the keys to being fruitful in your walk in and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:5-8).
So - what do you intend to do with your your anger? How about no retaliation? How about bury it in the sea of forgetfulness? How about trading it in for constraint?
Below is an excerpt from Mission Possible - Chapter 4 ~ Painful Reality
"Many times, in discouragement I would say, "God, I can't do this anymore; I'm too tired." Then I would hear God speak to my heart, "Yes, I know you are...just rest in Me and leave this at My altar. My grace is sufficient for you...My strength is made perfect in your weakness" (II Corinthians 12:9). He would say "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden [weary], and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Verse 29 specifically says "rest for your souls."
When you are weary from the battle and tired of the struggles in your marriage, what Bible verse brings you guidance and comfort?