"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
"Good sense makes a man restrain his anger,
and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense."
(Proverbs 19:11 – AMP)
"By long forbearing and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded,
and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance."
(Proverbs 25:15 – AMP)
Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the peace of God and am, therefore, at peace with my environment and in harmony with my peers.
Today I will manage my emotions – particularly my anger. I will learn what it means to be angry and sin not. I will be Christ-controlled, and wise in choosing my battles. I will be passionate and righteously indignant over things that merit it, but I will not give place to the devil – and I will not wrestle with flesh and blood!
Today I will avoid unnecessary stress in my life by learning to let things go, and knowing when to walk away from a situation. I will cast all of my care on Jesus, because He cares for me!
Today I will remember that where envy and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:16) — and that God is not the Author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33).
Today I will remember to take deep breaths . . . to relax . . . to laugh . . . to turn the other cheek when appropriate . . . to forgive . . . to not take life too seriously . . . to not let my enemies "get to me" . . . to keep everything in perspective . . . to not worry so much . . . to trust in God!
Today I will not be overcome with evil, but I will overcome evil with good! My proactive manner and "soft answers" will turn negative situations around for me today. My ways will please the Lord, and I will make even my enemies to be at peace with me.
Today I will remain calm by seeing the big picture and by keeping my eye on the prize. I will keep it real today, and today I will live in the now!
Father, help me stay cool today. In Jesus’ name, amen.