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Let Go of the Old

Didn’t they even read my e-mail?” I fumed. “And they used to notify me when they answered my questions.” I hadn’t heard a word from the help desk since I’d submitted the request weeks ago. I looked on the company’s website and found a “status of your request” area. I located a rather unhelpful answer under their “closed” notation.

On the website, I discovered an address and considered firing off a couple of complaints to let them know of my irritation.


Then I remembered that I’m learning to “take off” anger, among other things, as I would take off old clothes, and to “put on” the new me that is created to be like Christ. With the conversation online, I had time to calm down, ask the Holy Spirit’s help, and edit before I asked for further, and I hoped better, instruction.

I may or may not get the help I need for that issue, but I’m learning a little more about obeying Jesus.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV

“Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself — it tends only to evildoing.” Psalm 37:8 AMP

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Listen Then Talk

ear-1 Serif Gallery      “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”( James 1:19)
“Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” (Proverbs 18:13)
I want to be quick to hear (and understand), very slow to speak up about things (waiting until I’m sure I understand what I’m responding to), and even slower to anger, remembering to humble myself and trust God. I need to ask the Holy Spirit for help so I’ll say only what builds up and is beneficial to the hearer (Ephesians 4:29).
Lord Jesus, please teach me to “speak the truth in love,” not “speak the truth in angry answers to questions people haven’t asked.” Amen. (See Ephesians 4:15.)
(Scripture quotes are New Living Translation)bright smile

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