July 25. 2019

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:25-32 ESV
This is NOT complicated.  I hear people say all the time the Bible is confusing.  It is not as confusing as some want to make it, it is uncomfortable, it is a mirror, but it is NOT as confusing as some want to make it!  Keep It Simple Soldier.  Whenever you see a THEREFORE in the Bible, you need to ask what is it THERE FOR? It is therefore a continuation of v17: Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. It is so that we know what DIFFERENT looks like and sounds like.  We are to be different than the world, not LIVING in the FUTILITY of our MINDS.  Thinking like the world; “I deserve, do they know who I am, they can’t talk to me like that, the gall of that person, who do they think they are…?” We pretend to have this RIGHTEOUS anger, but it is a SELFISH and FLESHLY anger. 

Leader, Jesus was\is perfect- He was without sin!  The Bible is very clear on that issue, He was the perfect lamb, sent to the slaughter: He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. But with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 john 3:5, 1 Peter 1:19, Hebrews 4:15.  Yet, even Jesus got angry, angry enough that He had a temple tantrum! In John 2 we read: The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.  And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.  And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”  His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (v 13-17)

Conduit, John Piper when preaching about this subject said: 1) There is a time to get angry; 2) the time to stay angry is short. Or: there are good grounds for getting angry, but no grounds for holding grudges. “Do not let the sun go down on your anger,” means, “Let the day of your anger be the day of your reconciliation” (Estius). And if reconciliation is impossible, even so, do not stroke your wound, or cherish revenge, or hold a grudge. For Satan seeks a gap called grudge, and if he finds it, he will enter and ruin life with all manner of bitterness. Not all anger is wrong for man. But some anger is clearly wrong. Two Characteristics of Good Anger: it is based on God, and it is mingled with grief. We are called to hurt for what hurts God, but we are NOT called to be GOD! God is judge, jury and prosecutor. God says, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) Not only that, but we are then told the ultimate problem with holding onto anger, and the wrong anger, it creates STRIFE and with Strife ALL other sins are present.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (James 3:16) If you are following Jesus then we must CEASE AND DESIST with condoning our own anger, while condemning others.  The TIME IS NOW, to be like JESUS!  “Forgive them Father, for they know NOT what they do”, and DO NOT let anger take hold and pervert your soul. Amen!

2 thoughts on “July 25. 2019

  1. This is where God has been sharpening me. I have been dealing with this very issue for about 3 weeks now. This particular entry has blessed me greatly. Thank you brother and God-bless.

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