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COPING SKILLS - CAC The Living Water - Wed 8 August 2018

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2 years 3 months ago #6964 by gospelnaija
CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

TOPIC: COPING SKILLS
Read James 1:19,20

MEMORISE

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath

(James 1:19).

EXPOSITION
We have been taught scriptures like Matthew 7:1 and James 1:29, and have heard sermons on them,but how often do we practice them? We tend to forget these teachings, letting our personal emotions take control, especially when conflict arises. Let us see three biblical coping skills in managing and resolving conflicts.
Deep breathing. When you practice deep breathing, it slows down your rate of breathing, decreases the heart rate and lessens the muscle tension as you slowly relax. This in turn helps you to respond appropriately rather than reacting toward an unfavorable situation. For example, instead of blasting out angry words, you could talk rationally with the other party (cf.Prov.15:1).
Walking away from your trigger. When you feel stressed up or upset, leave the situation, take a break and come back when you are feeling calmer to face the situation appropriately (Psa. 4:4).
Indulging in a hobby, whether it is reading, writing, talking, exercising or listening to music, if you find comfort in it, it will help you get by. You can also pray to God; share your troubles with Him and seek His guidance. Remember that He cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7; cf. Prov.3:5-6).
You can have more than one coping skills, as long it helps regulate your emotions. Someone has asked: why do you think God has given two eyes, two ears but one month? When we talk less, we save ourselves from a lot of dangers and make it easier to resolve matters. Talk to the other person involved in the conflict; gain his/her understanding to mend the relationship. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Eph. 4:26). For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matt.6:14).

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord, give me victory, over grievous and destructive anger in Jesus' name.
2. Lord, help me to control myself whenever persons or situations tend to make me angry, so that I neither misbehave nor try to justify my anger.
3. Lord, help all Christian couples struggling with uncontrolled anger in their homes to overcome it,fast in Jesus' name.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Psalms 2-7 & 2 John 1

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