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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

BITTER FRUIT

Our lesson for this week from


addresses the danger of harboring anger.

Be angry and do not sin;
do not let the sun go down on your anger,
and give no opportunity to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26-7

As I read through the author's comments on the results of harboring anger, I knew there have been times when I went to bed angry.  Even Jesus was occasionally angry-it is a very real human emotion.  Anger in itself is not the culprit, the unwillingness to let go of anger is the invitation to Satan to take our thoughts captive.  Even righteous anger can, with time, eventually steam and boil over.  Our refusal to let go of anger--leads to hurt feelings, jealousy, outrage, hatred--all staggering fruits of offense.  Anger eventually leads to the planting of bitterness in our hearts and bitterness always bears rotten fruit.



We live in an angry world.  Turn on the news--ANY TIME--you will hear the consequences of anger.  People are shouting at each other, name calling, rude, and down right belligerent to each other.  No longer are we able to peacefully agree to disagree.  We all take it personal when someone dares to disagree with our opinion.  It starts at the top and trickles down.  We not only go to bed angry, we are guilty of enjoying our anger and feeding it through all forms of media.  The enemy is delighted in our war of words--for you see it takes our time and attention away from the truly important--that with eternal consequences.  We demand grace, but extend judgement.

"Anger is often based on a distortion of the facts-a misrepresentation about the details of whatever situation ignited it and a skewed perception about the truth of who God is and who we are in Him.  We've forgotten that we are accepted in Him no matter what others think or say.  That we, as infinitely worse offenders against Him have still been the recipients of His grace.  And that as His children, becoming more like Him each day, we should extend grace to others."

Gut check time--are you harboring anger?  There are no exceptions to our need to extend forgiveness.  God has not picked and chosen what He is willing to forgive us---He forgives it all.  Why then do we think we are given a pass on our unwillingness to forgive?  Have we allowed anger to become an idol--a golden calf?  Do we go to bed angry and give the enemy a toehold?  Is your fruit bitter?

4 comments:

  1. This is a difficult subject, Lulu. Anger is sometimes justified because it spurs us to seek justice for us or others, it makes us right a wrong. Wars have been fought, and rightly so, to right a wrong. If it were not for anger we would all be complacent and allow bad things to happen. I guess Christ was angry when He overturned the tables in the temple. He must have been angry on other occasions too when He saw the stubbornness and evil in the Pharisees, Sadducees and others around Him. He must have been angry on many occasions when His followers were too thick to understand and wanted more signs that He was/is the son of God.

    I agree with you, anger can be a negative emotion; but also a positive one at times.

    God bless.

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  2. Absolutely, Victor. We want justice because God is a just God. There are times we have to allow God to be the judge though. We are instructed to not let the sun go down on our anger and instead take every thought captive for Christ. Harboring anger gives the enemy a toehold in our lives and diverts our thoughts from that which is from God. God gave us the emotion of anger, but as with all things it can become a problem when we allow it to rule our lives. This would be a good subject for our on line discussion. I am always thankful for your comments which spur me to further thinking.
    Blessings, My Friend!

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  3. "We demand grace, but extend judgment . . ."
    So sadly true, Lulu. I know throughout the ages, people have always struggled with anger issues, but with internet access diminishing our accountability as we hide behind our anonymity, it seems things are worse than ever. Praying for this nation . . .
    Blessings!

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  4. I just know that anger does not make me feel good...but sometimes it is necessary.
    I just like to make it as seldom as possible...especially in this second half of my life.
    Thanks for the subject.

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