Controlling Anger

23 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 5: 21-22  Jesus said, “You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you than anyone who so much is angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder.  Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court.  Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire.  The simple moral fact is that words kill. 

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying to me through these verses)

The seed-bed of murder is hate.  That is the reason I taught you to “love one another, as I have loved you.”  The opposite of hate is love—that supreme concern for the well-being of another, with no regards to what you receive yourself.  Hate is the supreme concern for self, with no regards for the well-being of another.

I did not cancel the Old Testament Law; I fulfilled it, ushering in a whole new era of living based on love, not laws.  Where love reigns, law is not needed for love fulfills law.  Love wipes out the hate that would lead to murder.  But this kind of love is a conscious choice.  It enters your life when you accept my sacrifice on your behalf and you pass it on to others–all others that you have contact with.

As long as you are in the flesh you will have anger that can be used for good or evil.  Anger is a good thing as long as you allow it to motivate you toward doing good for others, rather than hating and killing them.  You will know when your anger is moving into a dangerous area when you begin name calling.  You must nip it in the bud by forgiveness.  I will help you forgive when someone has done the unforgivable to you.  You simply have to let go and let Me help you master the anger and focus it in productive ways.

Jesus’ Question for Me:  Will you refuse to allow hate to result from your emotion of anger?

Jesus’ Promise to Me: Those who believe on Me and follow Me will receive My strength when it comes to controlling and focusing anger.

My Song to Jesus:  Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus   Helen H. Lemmel

O Soul are you weary and troubled?

No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the savior,

And life more abundant and free!

 

Chorus:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

 

Thru death into life everlasting,

He passed, and we follow Him there;

Over us sin no more has dominion,

For more the conq’rors we are!

 

Chorus:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

 

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;

Believe Him, and all will be well:

Then go to a world that is dying,

His perfect salvation to tell!

 

Chorus:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

 

 

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