Posts Tagged ‘anger’

  

“For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives.” (Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ NLT)

On February 26, 2015, Myriah Pointer of Atlanta, GA, sat down one evening with friends to hang out. What she didn’t know was that a friend’s hamburger was underneath her. That woman became enraged at Strickland, and what ensued was a 2-hour videotaped beatdown of Strickland by her 3 “friends”, resulting in facial fractures and broken teeth. All 3 women were arrested and all because of a flattened Burger King Whopper Junior. 

It’s easy for anyone to lose sight of what really matters. Whether at the job, at home, in hobbies, or even in church, spirit-filled believers can so focus on the immediate and temporary that we forget the needful and eternal things. A flap over a hamburger is just as silly as a church split over carpet color or a divorce over bathroom counter clutter!

Let what is important to God be important to you: seeing souls saved, being filled with the Holy Spirit, hungering for His presence, and aiming for Eternity. The temptation to focus on trivial or downright stupid stuff will always be around. Let God help you to instead focus on what really matters! You are loved today! 

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But after Xerxes’ anger had subsided, he began thinking about Vashti and what she had done and the decree he had made.” (Esther‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

“Hey, Pastor Mike, you got an extra cellphone I can use?” I looked at the young man with a confused gaze; he had gotten a new phone not long before. After saying I didn’t, I asked about the state of his new phone. With a rather sheepish look, he explained that in a fit of rage, he had thrown it at his dashboard only to have it bounce out the window of his car and into eternity. Bummer.

Like King Xerxes, we can sometimes fly into a lather over negative situations, but we can’t react in such a way that harms us. Regret cannot restore what we break, especially if it involves other hearts. While a cellphone can be replaced, albeit expensively, relationships are trickier.

If you have a habit of reacting in “fits of passion”, take a beat before you do. Never respond if you feel your blood pressure spiking; wait until you can be calm and civil. A moment of quiet grace is worth 10 cellphones and all the relationships you treasure! You are loved today! Calm thyself!

Give these instructions to the church so that no one will be open to criticism.” (1 Timothy 5:7 NLT)

On March 12, 2005, 44-year old Terry Ratzmann entered the room at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where the congregation of the Living Church of God was holding a church service. Ratzmann carried his 9mm handgun and fired 22 rounds into the congregation killing the minister and six others, including the minister’s son. It was reported that a previous sermon had unsettled Ratzmann and led to the shooting.

Not everyone will agree with sermons that are preached. During one sermon from Jesus, a crowd got so angry that they tried to throw Him from a cliff! But if it is a true word from God, it will challenge us on how we are living, convicting us where we fall short. Our response shouldn’t be anger at being convicted, but repentance for being wrong.

As you go to church this weekend, go with an open heart. Make sure that you’re not easily offended when you are taught how to live, for God’s desire isn’t to make you happy, just holy! Be easy to instruct! You are loved today!
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Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NLT)

As I write this, I am currently waiting on a tire to be fixed at the SEVENTH tire place I visited today. Who knew that I’m the only guy in the world that has a flat tire on a Saturday?! And as I hit ALL these tire shops only to find them closed, I feel like James and John, the disciples known as “The Sons of Thunder”, who asked Jesus for permission to light some folks up! Aaaaand then I come across this verse. Sigh…

The point of the Christ Life is to live as Jesus did. By trekking His steps, walking the same paths in the same manner, we find life more satisfying and repenting a lot less. After all, God said “Well done!” over how Jesus was living, but He hasn’t over me yet!

So, I live with questions like, “If Jesus had a flat tire, would He have it fixed or breathe air into it & it’ll never go flat again” and “Wouldn’t Jesus sic some she-bears on bad tire shop owners like Elisha did on some bad teenagers?!” Alas, I guess it’s just better to take a deep breath, pray for strength, put a smile on our faces and live! After all, we are greatly loved today!

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You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” (James 1:19, 20 NLT)

Apparently in the early 1900’s, it was a fashion faux pas to wear a straw hat after September, exchanging it for warmer felt ones. In New York City, 1922, a group of youths hurried the deadline up by a few days and started knocking people’s straw hats off and stomping them, as was the fashion. What resulted was a three day riot that injured many in fistfights around town and many others in jail! The New York Times called it “The Straw Hat Riot”, which was a minor incident but a great emotional hassle.

As the Bible points out, being quick to anger will not produce the righteous effects that God desires to accomplish. Who knew that a minor prank by kids could literally paralyze America’s largest city for days! And while some found it hilarious, God was the loser, because when people react in anger, it’s almost impossible to display God’s compassion and love.

While anger is easy to fall into, it’s also a choice. When others “knock off your hat”, realize that God didn’t prevent it, so He just might be giving you an opportunity to show grace that changes a life! Listen and hear God BEFORE you act! Live and love without needing to apologize! You are loved today!

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