One of my greatest struggles is my temper, and for awhile I didn’t realize how serious of an issue it is. Anger is a slippery road that ultimately ends in bitterness. The Bible says in James 1:19 “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” So what is the first step on the path of anger? Not listening! So often we jump to conclusions about a situation without even knowing the full story. When a problem arises our first response should be to listen, and try to understand the situation. The verse also instructs us to be slow to speak. Our first impulse, especially when we’re upset, is to say everything that we are thinking. Words are a powerful weapon, in fact the Bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. The things we say in anger can stick with someone for the rest of their life, so stop and think before every word. The last command is to be slow to wrath, which is sometimes easier said than done. After you have listened to the full story and thought about your response, I bet you won’t be quite as heated, but if you are still struggling with your temper, talk to God about it NOT OTHERS! Gossiping to other people fuels anger and keeps the offense fresh in your mind. If you need to tell someone, tell God and ask Him to give you a spirit of meekness and forgiveness.