READ – Day: Eph 1; Night: Num 29-30
HYMN: EMHB 717 – Help us to help each other, Lord,
Provocation is an everyday experience to every human being. It does not matter your age, status, position in the society or level of faith in Christ. Provocation can arise from your husband, wife, children, brothers, Sisters, colleagues, customers, clients, etc. It irritates and destabilizes you physically and emotionally.
This angry state of the mind can lead to disaster and destruction of lives and property. If it is not properly checked and controlled, it often brings distress, confusion, sorrow and regrets. That is why, today, we are looking at seven biblical antidotes for provocation.
The Bible did not rule out the possibility of not being angry. Rather, it says “Be ye angry but not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.
In your anger, do not give the devil a chance (foothold) to mess you up;
Do not be lazy or idle which leads to stealing and provoking yourselves and others. Instead, engage your time and talent in doing something reasonable so that you will have things to share with others in need.
Make proper use of your tongue. Don’t gossip or slander others or poke your nose into a thing that do not concern you. Prov. 18:21 – states clearly that the power of life and death is in the tongue, those who love it will eat its fruit.
Grieve not the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed. To grieve the Holy Spirit is to plunge yourselves into sorrow, and to work against the purpose of God for your life.
Put away bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking and malice.
Finally, be kind, tender –hearted and forgive one another over all offences against you.

MEMORY VERSE: Col. 3:8 “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage malice, slander and filthy language from your lips.” (NIV).
PRAYER: God, help me to have mastery of my own emotions and control my actions, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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