After a long busy weekend offline looking for our next devotional to review today, I discovered this one titled “Anger Free Dad” by Manhood Journey which provides great resources for and to dads. Its description caught my attention and resonated with me when it says: “No dad wants to get angry.” “We want to raise our kids well, but fatherhood has its share of “anger land mines!”” “When we’re not on our guard, sometimes the smallest misstep can cause us to explode into anger.” And calls out to us as dads to be the dads “who aim to overcome anger“. If you are a dad who wants to be able to live your “life of peace and joy” then let’s dig in and learn how we be the dads who “can be an anger-free dad—in Christ“!
Scriptures from Today’s Devotional:
‘My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. ‘James 1:19-21
‘But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. ‘Colossians 3:8
God’s Word was so powerful this weekend and active and alive! God’s Word was speaking the truth in love! God’s Word was speaking freedom and transformation through God’s love! God’s Word showed the importance of our choices and the domino effect it has on the rest of our lives! God’s Word this weekend spoke of the importance of trusting God rather than trying to lean on our own understanding! God’s Word spoke to the importance of seeking Him and acknowledging Him so that He can tell us what path to take!
Let’s be the dads who are quick to listen before we speak or become angry! Let’s be the dads who are slow to speak in order to understand! Let’s be the dads who are slow to anger because we know that it doesn’t produce the righteousness that God desires! Let’s be the dads who lean in on God rather than our own understanding! Let’s be the dads who look to remove any moral filth or evil that is so prevalent in the world from our hearts! Let’s be the dads who choose humility and to live humbly with God’s Word planted in our hearts! Let’s be the dads who trust in God who can save us! Let’s be the dads who choose to rid ourselves of anger! Let’s be the dads who choose to rid ourselves of rage! Let’s be the dads who choose to rid ourselves of malice! Let’s be the dads who choose to rid ourselves of slander! Let’s be the dads who choose to rid ourselves of filthy language from our lips! Let’s be the dads who look to remove all of these from our hearts and minds!
Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey.
Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)
For more information, please visit https://manhoodjourney.org/anger-free-dad/.
Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
“The Danger of Anger“
- Let’s be the dads who seek God for wisdom in how to help them see what God is offering them!
- Let’s be the dads who seek God for direction in how we can best help our kids see what God has prepared and planned for them!
- Let’s be dads who don’t allow the frustration of our kids not getting it or understanding it right here and right now cause us to lose patience and allow anger, rage, malice, slander, or filthy language to be spoken from us!
- Let’s be the dads who are looking to speak life and love into our kids!
- Let’s be the dads who are looking “to help our sons “reel in” what the Lord wants for their lives“!
- Let’s be the dads who see when the boundaries are being pushed and help our kids by the way we respond!
- Let’s be the dads who realize that “anger is never to be a part of the equation“!
- Let’s be the dads who realize that “when we get angry, it becomes even harder to help our kids mature in Christ and see God at work“!
- Let’s be the dads who are so focused on God’s plans that we don’t allow “anger to stop us from the righteous plans our Heavenly Father has for our leadership“!
- Let’s be the dads who invite Jesus into every situation so that we can overcome the anger temptations!
- Let’s be the dads who ask the Hoy Spirit into every situation so that His peace that surpasses all understanding can guard our hearts and minds against becoming angry!
- Let’s be the dads who meditate on God’s Word and take hold of what He is telling us and instructing us to be and do!
- Let’s be the dads who look to God, our Heavenly Father, our perfect Father for wisdom and discernment on how we are to respond and live!
- Remember how God is love and how love is defined?
- ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
- Since God is love, we can rewrite this as follows:
- God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, and God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, and God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. God never fails.
- Remember “‘The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. ‘ 2 Peter 3:9“
- So let’s grab hold of today’s scripture reading which tells us how God is calling us to be the Dads who are quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to live “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger” so that “we can achieve the righteous plans He has for our lives as dads“!
- Today’s devotional challenges us with the following: