Did you know that a boiling water in the microwave can be dangerous? When boiled in the microwave, especially in a new cup, the water can become superheated. It heats up faster than the bubbles of water vapor can form. What is so bad about that? When you take it out through either jarring it or putting something in it, the water is disturbed and allows it suddenly turn to steam. There have been several people scalded by this.
That reminds me of several people today. Many are walking around with their temper “superheated”. The slightest provocation will turn into an eruption of scalding anger. We see it on the streets, in classrooms, online, and even in halls of government.
God gave us wonderful words of wisdom in James 1:19 which will help us avoid the superheated temper.
James 1:19 “19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 “
First, be quick to hear. Listen to others. So often, we hear words and sort them to find a reason to get angry. We are always on guard to defend ourselves and make assumptions about what someone means instead of listening. We have lost the ability to really converse with each other and discuss differences because we no longer listen.
We should also be slow to speak. Instead of jumping in and arguing against what we think someone meant, let us slow down and think about our answer. Really consider what they have said instead of leaping to conclusions which we feel we must swiftly correct.
Finally, we are told to be slow to anger. Keep a calm head! Intentionally fight off emotional responses from your temper. Listen, choose your words carefully, and control your temper.
If we would apply these nuggets of wisdom, the scalding fits of anger won’t continue to hurt those around us and our world will be a calmer place.