The condition of your heart is a filter through which you love and lead others. Proverbs points to this reality in Prov. 4:23 where it says "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything else flows from it." This passage isn't referring to the blood-pumping organ that fuels the function of your body. It is metaphorically speaking of the attitudes that drive your behaviors and decisions. Proverbs is filled with warnings about dangerous attitudes, but some of the most pointed words deal with the destructive force of anger.

Medically speaking, anger can double your heart rate, raise your blood pressure, cause migraines or insomnia, compromise lung function, create ulcers and result in acid reflux. If all this is true in your body, can you imagine the damage unbridled anger causes in your relationships?

No worries, friends. Proverbs offers solutions! The solution for heart0level anger is the spiritual fruit of patience, and the Holy Spirit offers you that fruit in abundance! Let's examine how to love and lead from patience instead of anger.

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