While completing the last phase of his painting of The Lord’s Supper, Leonardo da Vinci became annoyed with a certain man. Finally his annoyance boiled over and he lost his temper and lashed out at the man with bitter words in an angry rage.
After the man left his presence he returned to his canvas where he had been painting the face of Christ. Try as he might, he was unable to make any progress.
Finally, he put down his brushes, left his studio and hurried to the man and asked his forgiveness. Graciously the man accepted his apology. Leonardo then returned to his studio and was able to finish painting the face of our Lord.
Anger and rage are extremely destructive emotions. They take away our joy and peace and destroy our faith and trust in God. Whenever we lose control of our emotions, it is a sign that we are excluding God from His rightful place on the throne of our lives. We attempt to do His work when we try to do what He has reserved for Himself. When this happens, we make matters worse and lose touch with God and the one with whom we are angry.
Whenever we are threatened or treated unfairly we must turn to God immediately and ask for Him to take control. After all, that is His responsibility – not ours.
Prayer: Lord, it is difficult to remain calm and peaceful when I am tested. May I look for Your help in those times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 37:1-9 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.