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Every couple craves for a sweet home, but not every couple will experience it.  There are works of the flesh working against every home.  So every couple that desires a sweet home should ask for the help of the Holy Spirit in order to build a home free of strife and malice.

Today we are going to identify one of the enemies of family success – Temper, and how couples can take grace to live above it.

Temper, according to Collins Cobuild English Dictionary, is the tendency that you have to become angry.  It also says: “It is a state you are in when you are so angry that you cannot think clearly about what you are saying or doing.

Anger is a natural emotion that one exhibit at a particular time.  We all get angry at one time, but the difference between this and the work of the flesh is sin.  That is why the Scripture says:

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath (Ephesians 4:26).

Here, the Bible warns that if you are angry, do not allow your anger to lead you to sin.  Anger is a canker that has destroyed many marriages, and as a result renders many children hopeless.

The Living Bible Version charges us thus: If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge.  Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry get over it quickly.  For when you are angry you give a might foothold to the devil.

If you allow your temperament to boil, you open the door to sin.  If you get upset about the way your spouse react to certain things at times, do not explode and speak cruel words, which can cause irreparable damage.  What makes you a mature individual is your ability to control your emotions until your anger simmers down.

You don’t have to boil like a kettle of water on fire just because your spouse expresses a different opinion.  Sometimes you get angry and lose your temper and unseemly words pass your lips just because your spouse advises that the action you are about to take is contrary to the Scripture.

Some spouses try to suppress anger.  They get angry, but swallow it, pretending every thing is all right, and plaster a smile on their faces.  They are like hot bottles of coca-cola shaken.  Once the lid is opened, the hot liquid rushes out in torrents.  Bottling up anger is risky; it steals away the harmony in the home. Never give it a trial.

You can let of the steam by discussing the issue of the anger at the appropriate time.  Call upon the Holy Spirit to help you keep your temper so that you can live a life of love, which is not provoked to anger.

Anger is a killer.  Simeon and Levi, who slew the men of Shechem because of their uncontrollable anger got a horrible sentence: Simeon and Levi are brethren;…Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel (Genesis 49 :5-7).

Anger must be dealt with, if you want to avoid the shame that division and scattering brings to a marriage.  Anger puts an end to a sweet marriage faster than adultery or fornication.  One may not kill physically, yet by getting angry or even silence, you can kill your spouse’s spirit.  Watch it!

You do not solve family problem by strife.  You need a nature    when you want victory over anger, one which lives for Jesus Christ, controlled by the Holy Spirit, so that you can give yourselves to the Holy Ghost.  When He possesses your home, He also possesses your tempers and keeps you from sinful anger.

Now, pray this prayer:

Lord, help me not to become angry without reason, but to be victorious by your grace over all thoughtless angers and all bitterness, harmful to my family member and myself, in Jesus’ mighty name!

Are you born-again? If you are not, you don’t have genuine access to operate the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). So say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins.  I accept You as my Lord and Saviour.  Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”

Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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