Angry words, o let them never…

Written by Akua Oforiwaa Doku.

"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice. And be kind to one another… " (NKJV) Ephesians 4:31-32

This beautiful hymn (Angry words, o let them never) was composed by Horatio Richmond Palmer in the year 1867 from a poem that was written by an unknown author. The words from the hymn are simple, but a precise sermon for our journey in this world. It goes:

Stanza 1

Angry words, oh, let them never

From the tongue unbridled slip; (Matt. 12:36)

May the heart’s best impulse ever

Check them before they soil the lip. (Proverbs 13:3)


“Love one another,” thus saith the Savior;

Children obey the father’s blest command;

“Love one another,” thus saith the Savior;

Children obey His blest command. (John 15:12)

Stanza 2

Love is much too pure and holy,

Friendship is too sacred far, (John 15:13)

For a moment’s reckless folly

Thus, to desolate and mar. (James 1:26)

Stanza 3

Angry words are lightly spoken,

Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred, (Proverbs 15:1)

Brightest links of life are broken

By a single angry word (Proverbs 15:4)

The tongue, though a little member of the body, can put the whole body and that of others in a mess. After ranting mean words, your anger will pass but your mean words can scar someone for life. As Christians, we cannot prevent anger in our daily lives (Ephesians 4:26) but we can control the way we react when we are angry. Self-control is a virtue we should all possess as it helps restrain thoughts, emotions and behaviors that are negative. Remember we are competing to get a crown that will last forever, heaven is the goal hence the need to have strict training to get there (I Corinthians 9:25). If there be any virtue or anything of praiseworthy, let’s meditate on these things (faith, hope, love, … (Phil. 4: 8)). Communicate with God in your anger and rely on His WORD so you do not sin when angry.

Be encouraged!! Be inspired!!!

Reference: The Leah Journal

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