Words of Truth - October 26, 2011

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Anger"

Anger
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”  Ephesians 4:31

   
Benjamin Franklin said, “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
    Anger is the most destructive force in this world.  It is planted in sin, watered in wrath and fertilized by pride.  Anger is sweet to the taste as it leaves the heart and passes through the mouth, but in the end it leaves such a bitter taste.  Anger produces anger and soon this bitter fruit has affected many others.
    The results of anger are like that of an atomic bomb:  First the explosion, then the flash of heat, the puffed up mushroom cloud and widespread destruction at the last.  No wonder God told us to put away ALL anger because of its destructive power.  You may say, “But God told us to be angry, yet sin not.  So, I am allowed to be angry just as long as I don’t go to the point of sin.”  Yes, God did say that to remind us that only Christ was able to have perfect and righteous anger, and that we couldn’t handle it.  He then tells us to put ALL anger away!  God knows that we cannot become angry without destroying others and ourselves.  God’s wrath is always righteous, and ours is always sinful.  God’s anger is for His glory and our good, but our anger is for our good and others’ hurt.
    In the spring of 1894, the Baltimore Orioles came to Boston to play a routine baseball game.  But what happened that day was anything but routine.  The Orioles' John McGraw got into a fight with the Boston third baseman.  Within minutes all the players from both teams had joined in the brawl.  The warfare quickly spread to the grandstands.  Among the fans the conflict went from bad to worse.  Someone set fire to the stands and the entire ballpark burned to the ground.  Not only that, but the fire spread to 107 other Boston buildings as well.
    Don’t act in anger.  Don’t discipline in anger.  Don’t make decisions in anger.  Let us be principled, wise, kind and gentle people in all that we do.


Study verses - I Sam 20:30; Ps 37:7-9; Prov. 15:1, 18; 16:32; 19:11; 22:8; 27:4; Eccl. 7:9; Eph. 4:29-32


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Previous devotions


"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011
"Barking or Pulling" - August 31, 2011
"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011

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