Daily D – Genesis 4:6-7
Howdy! And Happy New Year!
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Genesis 4:6, 7 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (NLT)
A productive and effective year begins with controlling your emotions. Choose your emotional responses. Master your moods. God has been telling us this since the beginning of time, literally.
A simple summary of the verses above tells us to
- Do the right thing.
- Master your moods.
Simple is not the same as easy.
Life goes so much better when we always lead by doing the right thing, no matter how repetitive and monotonous it feels. Do the right thing even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard. Live the kind of life God can bless.
Life goes so much better when we are in control of our emotions rather than allowing them to control us. Choosing our emotional responses empowers us to speak softly and directly during challenging moments. It is the person who keeps his or her head when everyone else is losing their minds who truly leads and most often wins.
You and I can win over sin. Avoid anger. Choose self-discipline.
God gives us a refresher course on anger throughout the pages of the Bible. Psalm 2 asks a profound and always timely question: “Why are the nations so angry?” It then talks about how anger leads to preparation for war. The battle is with anger, not with God, and not with each other. A peaceful life is a life where we choose a disciplined approach to every stimulus.
What other Bible stories and verses come to your mind about anger and its consequences?
Ease into this day and this year knowing you can choose your emotions and your responses in each and every circumstance. You can with the moments, the days, and the year with a disciplined approach to your moods.
You can be assured you will lose if you do not.
I will master my emotions.
Our Father, thank you for warning us about mastering our emotions. Thank you for empowering us to do so. Thank you for your instructions to flee from temptation and to only use anger to drive us toward righteous outcomes that bless everyone concerned. Redirect our reflexes. Shape our responses. Bless us with peace and productivity. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.