O God, I know that my temper is far too quick.
I know only too well how liable I am to flare up,
and to say things for which afterwards am heartily sorry.
I know only too well that sometimes in anger I do things
which in my calmer moments I would never have done.
I know that my temper upsets things at home;
that it makes me difficult to work with;
that far too often it makes me a cause and source of trouble.
O God, help me. Help me to think before I speak.
When I feel that I am going to blaze out,
help me to keep quiet just for a moment or two,
until I get a grip of myself again.
Help me to remember that you are listening to everything I say,
and seeing everything I do.
O God, control me and my temper too.
This I ask for your love’s sake.
William Barclay, 1907-1978, minister in the Church of Scotland
Know this, my beloved brothers:
let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness
and receive with meekness the implanted word,
which is able to save your souls.