Anger Management

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 16

Gold Nugget
Verse 32: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

Commentary
I have worked for years in the industrial field and have installed hundreds of safety valves. Depending on the facility that I worked in, it may have been referred to as a Pressure Safety Valve or maybe a Relief Valve. A safety valve is designed with a set pressure at which it will open and release its pressure and contents, either to the atmosphere or into a particular controlled location. It is commonly installed in pipe systems, tanks, vessels, etc. If you want to see what one looks like, take a look at your water heater. There will be a small brass valve on the side near the top or directly on top. Just like the systems in the industrial industry, your water heater has this safety device that is installed to prevent ruptures and or explosions. Mine is designed to open at either 150psi or 210F degrees. Because water heaters do just what their name implies, it has a heat source. Your water heater's heat source can be adjusted to where it heats the water to a certain temperature and then stops heating. If for some reason it didn't automatically stop heating at the designed temperature and the safety valve failed, it would keep heating and rising in pressure until it ruptured. All of us have a "set pressure" at which we must vent. If we do not have a "safety valve", when we reach that point we will rupture or explode. My safety valve works like this; when I am under heat or pressure to the point that I may rupture, I shut down the entire system. I don't try to back the pressure down, adjust the heat or anything to moderate or control it. I just shut the whole thing down. I will walk away; completely stop talking or some equivalent. Again, this is when I am nearing the rupture pressure. I know when that is. It's the point where I want to just start getting in the flesh and saying things to hurt. In my opinion, my "set pressure" is higher than it used to be. Over the years, the Lord as steadily adjusted that set pressure to allow me to handle more heat and pressure. I'm not talking about an unhealthy "holding things in", but a healthy resistance to anger. It's important that we know our set pressure and ensure that our release of the frustration and anger is controlled. “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13b)

Prayer
Lord, please help me to learn to be slow to anger. I know that I must practice self-control and be able to endure more challenges or even conflicts with people without exploding or rupturing. Help me to remember that how I react to these things can damage my testimony or bring glory to you. I want to be able to endure hardships and bring glory to your name.
Amen


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