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#175 Are We On the Road to Tyranny?

”Do you want to be a mighty warrior? It’s better to be known as one who is patient and slow to anger. Do you want to conquer a city? Rule over your temper before you attempt to rule a city.“

This scripture hit me right between the eyes this morning. When we feel like we are working so hard and advocating for truth and righteousness, it can be easy to allow ourselves to get angry and even stay angry about bad votes, about poor leadership, about what we view to be weakness in other people... about any number of things. But the scriptures tell us clearly here that better than being a mighty warrior is being known as one who is patient and slow to anger. And it’s true. Flying off the handle in anger rarely achieves the change we would like to see. Instead, having calm, patient, reasoned conversations and keeping our tempers in check stand to get us a lot more with a lot less collateral damage and with our character, conscience and reputation left intact.

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