Be slow to anger

God blessed me with this word a few weeks ago and I was unsure about posting it until a few days ago when He confirmed to me His direction.  You know in life we go through many unjust events, hurts and let downs that throw us off task or causes us (although we allow it) to loose focus.

Topic of the day: Be slow to anger
Subtopic:  Thou shall not kill
Scripture:  Mathew 5:21-22

 21″You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder ,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

 Term:  Raca = An Aramaic term of contempt

 The sixth commandment God gave Moses on the mountain was “Thou shall not kill” (Deut. 5:17, Ex. 20:13.)  I know many of us law abiding citizens don’t feel that we have murdered anyone, but I come to correct “us” in “our” thinking because anytime we put our mouth on one another’s character or contemplate harm or ill-will against others, we have broken the sixth commandment.

Anger can be a catalyst to breaking God’s sixth commandment.  It is in direct violation of God’s commandment to love one another.  Webster defines anger as “having a threatening aspect; inflamed as a sore, mad, enraged furious, irate, indignant, seething.”  By its very meaning anger is displeasing, a virus waiting to be set free to reek havoc in our lives.  Anger can lead to violence, physical and emotional hurt, stress, SIN.  It can cause us to fall out of fellowship with God because we loose focus or sight on Him and focus on our feelings (Ps. 37:8-9.)  If we allow it to, anger will cause us to lack faith in God, taking matters into our own hands.

When we do get angry, we must be careful to direct our anger towards the right thing, the sin itself, and take it to God in prayer – while at the same time asking Him to mend our brokenness and/or our hurt.

 God Bless,

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 7:08 am  Leave a Comment  

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