Anger…does not have to end in sin!

It is what we do in the state of anger that becomes sin. It can be the safety valve on the pressure cooker of the situation we are in. Why? The valve allows the pressure cooker to do its job. So, anger can bring us to our knees to examine why we are about to explode. Or act on the part of an individual who cannot protect themselves – without us being violent and our abusive. You see if the pressure cooker is not used appropriately, or if it is opened before it is cooled down the value becomes useless and the pot blows up.
So, use anger as an emotional safety valve and a spiritual call to action. Don’t allow it to control you and result in d-anger!

When we love our neighbor as ourselves then we are aware of the danger of our anger. We can demonstrate love and compassion even to a person whom we know despises us – instead of allowing our anger to control our thoughts. Luke 10:25-37 demonstrates a story of a man who lived in an environment where he was hated.  His kind was not accepted by the average guy. But he did not allow his anger at his mistreatment by his “enemy” to deter him from helping his “enemy” when he was down.  All of the religious and righteous people walked by when the person was in need of assistance, but the social outcast did not.  He channeled his anger into an act of love for his neighbor who also happened to be his enemy. Remember the story of the Samaritan? We live in a social construct that seem to think that destructive anger is the best way to display our distrust for others. Or even our fear of what others are doing to our society. We have come to a point when we deem destructive anger as the only means for controlling the behavior of others.  We are isolating people and “giving them what for” so to speak simply because they are perceived as the reason why we don’t have “whatever”! Whereas, that statement may be correct, it does not give us a right to name call, destroy the homes of others, or create movements that end up just being another venue for sharing hate instead of the love of God.

We can be angry at social injustice without sinning. We can be angry at the socially inappropriate manner in which our neighbors are behaviing without disparaging them and engaging in name calling.  We can look at the millions of babies that are being killed each year and spew out angry epitaphs about it or we can reach out to the pregant mothers and promise to provide support for them during their pregnancy and during the lifetime of their child.  You see being involved in a solution for the problem that exemplifies God’s love is far better than trying to legislate love.  Channel that anger into something productive.  We are not called to become a group of people who rely on government to demonstrate or legislate God’s love because that is an impossibility.  We are called to love even the person who is blatantly violating every law of God that exists – even when it angers us.  Use anger to act lovingly. Remember that there is only one letter that is separating the word anger from something that is destructive -D-ANGER!

Father show us the danger of being so self focused that we don’t see the “lid” that is about to explode and the people who are in way of the explosion that will be damaged.  Show us how to channel our anger for our own good and the good of those who are around us. Thank you for the mercy and grace that you extend to me when angry thoughts enter my head and you direct me in how to deal with them without destroying myself and others. Thank your for the atoning blood of Jesus Christ that covers the murkiness of anger and transforms it into something productive instead of destructive. You are not a good who is unaware of our challenges.  You are not an object that we have created ourselves. You are the Eternal one who sees and knows everything and knows all about your children – yet you loves us.  Teach us Father how to love our neighbors the way that you love us. You love is unshakable, unstoppable, and eternal.


Offense will come, but…

Psalms 7:3-5 ESV“

O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah”

David took the act of offending his neighbor seriously.  He did not consider it a “so what event in His life!”  Everyday we offend folks in one way or another.  We live in a litigious society, but I also think that we live is a spiritually litigious society.  Why? We are consistently robbing our neighbor of his status in life, his social standing, their identity as human beings by robbing them of their personhood.  We vilify people who have differing religious belief simply because social media is a safe wall behind which we can hide while we are throwing mud all over another person. We repay our neighbor – wait let me clarify what a neighbor is. A neighbor is every human being that lives on this planet.  Continuing the theought – we repay our neighbor with evil if we don’t like their tone, their home, their car, their religion, their ethnicity, and God forbid that they are a democrat when we are a republican – then it becomes interesting.

We have made the political process a “Kingdom Process” and in the process of transferring God’s Kingdom, grace, mercy and rule to the government we strip our neighbors of their humanity.

We have plundered our enemies without cause. Remember that commandment to love even our enemies. What happened to that one?  We are so busy handing over the protection of our nation’s soul to the government that we have forgotten that only Jesus saves. Grace enimates only from God.  Only God rules absolutely and only God can change the hearts of men.

“Forgive father of our ungraciousness to our neighbors.  Forgives us for our uforgiving attitudes towards our neighbors. Forgive us for our uncompromising attitude of thinking that we can protect ourselves better than you can protect us.  Forgive us for the God complex that we have placed on people in positions of authority and forgive us for our ignorance and uncaring spirits when we attack other people simply because they are different! Teach us all Father how to live lives that demonstrate love.!

1 Corinthians 13King James Version (KJV)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.


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