Daily Devotion

November 20, 2021

Don’t “fly off the handle”

“A quick-tempered person does foolish things.” Pr 14:17 NIV


When a person loses his or her temper, one of the most common expressions used to describe their reaction is “flying off the handle.” The phrase refers to the head of a hammer coming loose from the handle as you attempt to use it. And several not-so-good things happen as a consequence. (1) The hammer becomes useless. Your message may be all-important, but the manner in which you deliver it determines whether or not you get the results you desire. Simply stated, when people don’t take you seriously, you don’t get the outcome you hoped for. (2) The hammer head does damage. By flying out of control, it’s likely to damage anything in its path. Words spoken in anger cause wounds, and sometimes those wounds can last a lifetime. James writes: “Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger” (Jas 1:19-20 MSG). (3) Repairing both the hammer and the damage may take a long time. In some cases, it simply can’t be done. Here are some Scriptures to keep in mind before you vent your spleen. Again, “A quick-tempered person does foolish things.” “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil” (Ps 37:8 NIV). “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense” (Pr 19:11 NIV). “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools” (Ecc 7:9 NIV). So the word for you today is—“Don’t fly off the handle.”