"Whoever is slow to anger..."
Oh?! See now, You got me right there. Slow to anger? Slow?!?! Sloooow to anger? Are you sure you meant slow, Lord? What about quick to apologize after being angry? Is that the same thing? No?
"Slow to anger" is not a phrase people would use to desrcribe me. Slow?!
I'm more like the "sons of thunder" with my "righteous anger" and lightning quick judgement! BOOM! You mess with Jesus? Boom! You aren't feeding the hungry? Boom! You called that person a naughty phrase while driving? Bo... what?! Oh, that was me?! Oh, yeah, that was me!
Okay, Lord, so maybe my anger isn't righteous. Okay, so it's rarely righteous. But that's okay cause its something between you and me, right? We're "working" on it, right?
What do you mean by planting seeds? The Love Bugs? Oh, no! They're too young to learn about anger. I'll wait till they're older to start implem... wait, what? Oh, that?!
Yeah, I saw that when Love Bug threw out a full out tantrum and did a "Godzilla" through Grandma's Christmas village. Yup, I saw that. I remember saying it was "cute" but thinking I didn't know what to do with her. Or when the other Love Bug didn't get her toy and smacked her sister in the face. When one of them takes the book and the other one resorts to pulling her down to the ground. I can see what you mean by self-control or lack there of but what does this have to do with me? I haven't hit someone since the last time I saw my brothers. Oh, so it's my words? They're snappy and full of pain. And the expression on my face when I yelled at the lady who cut me off?
The Love Bugs saw that?
Wow, now I see what you mean by fruit of Eve. I see little seeds of anger popping up in the Love Bugs lives and they're still so young.
"Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." (Proverbs 16:32)
Lord, forgive me for setting an example of what not to do, thank you for showing me how to love others and help me rule my spirit so that I can show the Love Bugs how to rule theirs.