As the lighting director for a shopping channel, I was working on a set in Studio A. When I strolled back to my workbench to find it booby trapped. There was a string tied to a rack; thankfully I noticed it before I tripped and fell. Suspecting it was Brian, I sought him out.
I stood inches from his face. "Brian, why did you tie a string to the rack to trip me?"
Brian snickered. "I wanted to tick you off."
"What did I do to get this treatment?" I felt my blood pressure rising.
Brian clenched his teeth. "You didn't fix my light."
Feeling overwhelmed with anger, I lost my cool and shoved him. "You're such a jerk. If you'd given me a chance I would've fixed it."
Brian waved his finger in my face. "Don't touch me; you're the jerk. You never do anything I ask."
"That's not true." I stormed out and slammed the door.
Satan wants to trick us into sinning. In this case my sin was anger. The Bible reminds us we shouldn't buy into his tricks.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devilís evil tricks. Ephesians 6:11 (NCV)
We all encounter situations like this. Unfortunately, I didn't manage it very well. Though it can be difficult, when we get mad we need to handle it in a Christ-like way. Thankfully, in the past few years the Lord has been helping me deal with my anger better. In no way am I perfect, but I'm getting there.
Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Ephesians 4:31 (NCV).
Lord, please help us when we get into a situation where were tricked into a temper fit. Please help us to deal with these situations in a Christ-like manner. In Jesus' name, amen.
Author's footnote: This was a fictional
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