Read Galatians 5:22-26
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
After serving in the armed forces during World War II, I began working for a railroad company. My job was to start fires in the fireboxes of steam engines. Later I moved into the job of fireman, where I was responsible for maintaining the fire at the heat necessary for producing steam to power the engine. While shoveling coal I kept a wary eye on the boiler-water level, making certain it did not sink too low. If it did, that could cause the boiler to explode.
Occasionally, I reflect on that time, especially when I have a problem with my emotional “boiler.” During stressful situations, my emotions can easily get out of hand. Because of my lack of self-control, my temper — my emotional boiler — sometimes explodes, damaging my dearest relationships.
I learned in those steam engines the importance of keeping a safe water level. Similarly, the safest way I know to keep my emotional boiler under control is not simply by using self-control but by placing myself under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Thought for the Day: Relying on the Holy Spirit can lower our boiling point.
Prayer: Scripture tells us, dear God, that you pour your love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5). What a gift you have given us, O God! Thank you. Amen.
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