Anger – Cautioned By God

It seems like anger will always bring out the worst in us, and it is something that we have all dealt with at one time or the other in our lives. Parents dealt with it, friends tried to deal with it, bosses wouldn’t tolerate it and nor does God. So let’s looks at our own hearts today through the lens of God’s Holy Word on the subject of ‘Anger’.

DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2021-01-13
WRITTEN AT: Paul B Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, MS

BIBLE REFERENCE: Matthew 5:21-22
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 21 You know that our ancestors were told, “Do not murder” and “A murderer must be brought to trial.” 22 But I promise you that if you are angry with someone,[f] you will have to stand trial. If you call someone a fool, you will be taken to court. And if you say that someone is worthless, you will be in danger of the fires of hell.

OBSERVATION: It seems like anger will always bring out the worst in us, and it is something that we have all dealt with at one time or the other in our lives. Parents dealt with it, friends tried to deal with it, bosses wouldn’t tolerate it and nor does God. So let’s looks at our own hearts today through the lens of God’s Holy Word on the subject of ‘Anger’.

APPLICATION: So what made you lose your cool the very first time that you could remember? How did you overcome it? Do you remember re-friending someone with whom you were once very angry with? How long do you suppose it took for them to regain their faith and trust in you? Do you suppose that you were a good, or bad witness for the Kingdom while you were angry? These are all very challenging questions for us to ponder, and answer, as we reflect back on times that we were less than perfect! Why do you suppose God made us with this particular flaw? I believe that God may have waited for us to show our real strength in Him, and our dependence on Him when we didn’t get our own way, or when another path was chosen instead of the one we suggested. However, instead of turning to God, or instead of imitating Him, we exploded in anger with whomever crossed our path first. Friends, I believe that with any of our flaws, if we would keep our eyes fixed on our King, and if we would keep our eyes in the Book and study the perfect example of Jesus, and if we ask for His help daily to obediently follow all that He teaches to us through His Word, then perhaps we would be more like Him in responding to challenging and tempting times. What might we expect to do better, if our minds are constantly being filled with whatever shows are on television? Do we think for a moment that we are strong enough to watch whatever we want, absorb all the evil and cheating that takes place in the shows and movies that we watch, and still act like Jesus? I don’t believe we were designed by God to respond like that. In our Scripture we are told that Old Testament prophets and lawmakers were concerned about murder, but God knows full well that an angry man could very easily be tempted to murder, should the situation ever present itself. I was particularly moved by the command of not calling anyone worthless, because it reminded me of a weakness I probably share with many of my readers. Oh that we would never call anyone ‘worthless’, even if they couldn’t do what comes very easy for us, or if they are not as successful as we wish they would be, for I believe that we are then calling God less than perfect because He made someone that doesn’t meet our standards. God don’t make ‘junk’, so we should learn a lesson in meekness, and appreciate the blessings of God, instead of looking down on someone for their inabilities. Let’s try to always remember: God looks at our actions, words and thoughts when He evaluates sin in our lives. We may not have murdered, but in our thoughts we may have done a lot worse. Be careful, my friend.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for loving me in spite of my inadequacies, my failures, my anger and my sin. Thank You for drawing me unto Yourself and for forgiveness of my sin. I believe that many of my readers could probably say these words in harmony with me, as they probably feel the same. Please give us the strong desire to fill our minds with Your Word each day, so that we may receive that much needed tune-up and refresher. May we receive the necessary power, and always strive to learn the perfect ways of Jesus Christ, and may we boldly strive to live in His footsteps each and every day, so that Our Father may be glorified, instead of us being ridiculed. It’s all about You Lord, may You be glorified in and through us each day. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while you be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

What The Lord Hates

The Bible is very clear on what displeases God. We know that He hates sin, so I believe that we can conclude as we look at each item listed in our Scripture that they are either sinful acts, or a result of sinful acts. As in any relationship in which we love someone, we should endeavor to always avoid the things that God hates.

Post Date:

Saturday, 2017-05-06
SCRIPTURE

From:

Proverbs 6:16-19 (ERV)

Text:

16 The Lord hates these seven things:
17     eyes that show pride,
    tongues that tell lies,
    hands that kill innocent people,
18     hearts that plan evil things to do,
    feet that run to do evil,
19     witnesses in court who tell lies,
    and anyone who causes family members to fight.
OBSERVATION:
The Bible is very clear on what displeases God. We know that He hates sin, so I believe that we can conclude as we look at each item listed in our Scripture that they are either sinful acts, or a result of sinful acts. As in any relationship in which we love someone, we should endeavor to always avoid the things that God hates.
APPLICATION:
In the case of our parents, our spouse or even best friends, we would do our very best to always avoid doing those things that they hate, despise, or dislike. So having read that God hates to see certain things going on in our lives, what then shall we do about that? I know you can read the verses above, but let’s just break these things down and have a closer look:

  • Eyes that show pride – generally refers to the actions of one whose heart is filled with pride. With their eyes, they tend to look down on people, and think less of them than they do of themselves;
  • Tongues that tell lies – referring to the one who, as part of their normal speech, tells untruths to promote self, or deceive others;
  • Hands that kill innocent people – this is self explanatory;
  • Hearts that plan evil things to do – hearts filled with wicked imagination that often lead to actions that are evil;
  • Feet that run to do evil – From the content of the heart the mouth speaketh and the feet will be anxious to rush to scenes that will lead to evil doings. Notice how investigators often find criminals who escaped prison, they find them at scenes where evil, or criminal things occurred?
  • Witnesses in court who tell lies – a false witness is one that has no value for truth and justice and they will do anything to help like minded individuals escape due justice, including lying for them;
  • One who causes family members to fight – God created the family to be an example to the world of His relationship to his Son. He also created man and woman uniquely to bring mutual happiness to each other. Children born to that union demonstrates necessary leadership by the father and obedience by the child. This makes it easier and understandable when we are taught that we are to  obey our heavenly Father. Yet we see many cases of folk deliberately trying to destroy families and cause strife between family members. God hates this.

All of these things are understably hated by God. If we have a personal relationship with God, we will do everything within our power to love Him and please Him. Therefore, if He hates the above things, we are to avoid them at all cost. He can help us with that if we struggle to do it on our own.

PRAYER:
Lord, there is nothing we would like more than to please You in every aspect of our lives. Yet as we read this scripture, we are reminded that we sometimes fall into the trap of displeasing You. Please give us strength and wisdom to overcome our weaknesses. In return, please direct us towards pure hearts and minds that are so filled with Your goodness that we would strive to please You in everything we do and say. We want the world to see You in every aspect of our lives, and we know that this would be impossible without them seeing evidence of Your teachings in every fibre of our being. So we beg for Your filling today oh Lord, AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!