A Lucado moment:
Perhaps the wound is old. A parent abused you. A teacher slighted you. A mate betrayed you. . . . And you are angry.
Or perhaps the wound is fresh. The friend who owes you money just drove by in a new car. The boss who hired you with promises of promotions has forgotten how to pronounce your name. . . . And you are hurt.
Part of you is broken, and the other part is bitter. Part of you wants to cry, and part of you wants to fight. . . . There is a fire burning in your heart. It’s the fire of anger. . . .
And you are left with a decision. “Do I put the fire out or heat it up? Do I get over it or get even? Do I release it or resent it? Do I let my hurts heal, or do I let hurt turn into hate?”. . .
Unfaithfulness is wrong. Revenge is bad. But the worst part of all is that, without forgiveness, bitterness is all that is left.
~Max Lucado, The Applause of Heaven
A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. ~Proverbs 15:1
The Lord hates what evil people do, but He loves those who do what is right. ~Proverbs 15:9
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled. ~Hebrews 12:15-16
Help me do what is pleasing in your sight, O God. Give me wisdom to know how to respond, how to deal with many disappointments. You bind up the wound of the broken-hearted. Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed.