Before You Choke to Death

0 comments Posted on July 24, 2018

by Dianne Barker

In the fairy tale “Rapunzel,” a golden-haired girl becomes the victim of a wicked witch, who steals her from her home and takes her deep into the forest.

As expected, a handsome prince rescues Rapunzel and the story ends with a wedding celebration.

The fate of the wicked witch interests me. She flies into such a rage that she chokes to death.

I’ve known people who looked as if they might. I’ve had a few close calls myself.

Proverbs 25:28 changed me. “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (KJV).

In biblical times, the city wall provided protection from enemy attacks; a damaged wall left inhabitants defenseless.

Having no control over my emotions and reactions left me defenseless against the Enemy of my soul.

Anger, an explosion waiting to happen, only needs a spark—a small irritation—to trigger the dynamite, making it one of the Devil’s favorite tools.

If you’ve seen an adult throwing a temper-tantrum, you know it isn’t pretty.

Nothing gives me a better view of myself than the eyes of my children. Years ago, following my angry outburst, my young daughter said tearfully, “You were like somebody who never knew me before.”

Her words made my heart ache and the experience drove me to the Lord. I wanted to rid my life of anger as much as I would want to rid my body of a cancerous tumor. Anger is just as deadly—to relationships.

Scripture has much to say about this despicable habit.

“He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly” (Proverbs 14:17).

“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul” (Proverbs 22:24-25).

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

Conquering anger is possible through the power of the indwelling Christ. Ask Him to help . . . before you choke to death.

*(My Giant Story Book Famous Fairy Tales, Animal Stories, Adventure Stories (New York, NY: Westport Corporation, 1972), 113-118.)

Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the bestselling Twice Pardoned. This article is from Cabbages and Kings—Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ. She’s secretary of Christian Authors Network and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and Christian Women in Media Association. Visit


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