September 1, 2018

Psalm 37:8…Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Anger is one letter short of DANGER. This is to say that if we are children of God, we must watch those things that can cause us to be angry, and run away from them. What can provoke you to anger must be handled in a peaceful manner to avoid causing more problems. Disagreement could occur between husband and wife, parent and child, siblings, colleagues,  friends or family members. Of course we should expect disagreement in any of our relationships because we are humans. Our composition is different, what one can tolerate, can be intolerable to another one. A simple example is the handling of a toothpaste between a husband and a wife. One prefers to squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom, while the other prefers to take it from the top. You will not believe that, that became a major issue between them. Another example is the difference between the way the husband wants to raise his children and the way the wife wants to do hers. One is a good disciplinarian, but the other one is not. Even within siblings, likes and dislikes of different types of food can cause disagreement. Different sleeping habit could cause major friction in homes.Caring and nonchalant attitudes could cause problems. The list goes on and on. Since we will never be the same, shouldn’t we find a way to live together to minimize friction because friction leads to wrath and anger.

The dictionary explains the word “anger:, as having a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, hostility, irritability, and the synonym  to anger are, fury,wrath, outrage.and ill-temper. None of the words listed above can ever produce anything good.The Bible says “Cease from anger and forsake wrath”. This is like saying the same thing twice, because  the outcome of such behavior is always unpleasant, and many times it brings bad blood between parties concerned. There was a pathetic story between two brothers.many years ago in this country. In order to resolve the disagreement between them, a meeting of elders was called and while they were talking about their grievances, the blood pressure of one of them rose and he dropped dead, they called 911, but it was too late. See what fury, annoyance, ill-temper, or outrage can cause. That is why the Bible says, if you have been displaying the attitude of anger, you need to stop it henceforth, before it stops you from continuing to live a happy life or kills you.

Let us see a good example from the scriptures. Genesis 4: 1-8 describes the case of two brothers offering sacrifice to the LORD, Their names are Abel and Cain. The sacrifice of Abel was accepted because he offered unto God the best of what he had, but Cain’s offering was not accepted by God. The Bible says, “The LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering. But unto Cain, and to his offering the LORD had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shall thou not be accepted? If thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee, shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother, and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. The wrath of Cain caused the death of Abel. What a pathetic story.

Another story recorded concerning anger was the story of disobedience because of anger. The children of Israel were thirsty during their journey to the promised land.and they provoked Moses to the point that he was very angry with them. The LORD told him to speak to the Rock to get water for them. Instead of speaking to the Rock, he struck the Rock with his rod, and water gushed out. The Bible says, Moses was prevented from entering the promised land because of this sin.(Deuteronomy 3:25,26; 4:21).

Therefore let us heed the advise given to us today to forsake wrath and cease from anger. because it does not yield good result. What must we do to forsake wrath and cease from anger? The best antidote is the word of God that says “Follow peace with all men, especially those of the household of faith.” When you pursue peace, you will be able to tolerate or accommodate the differences.You will remember that we are all created by God, and we are all woven or wired differently. While you are focusing on those habits or behavior that annoys you, you also have yours too that might be a problem to another person. So we should be able to ask God for the grace to forbear those things that irritate us and enjoy those things we like, and make that our focus. The more you dwell on those positive attributes, the more peace you will have concerning those other ones that you do not like. Remember that YOU ARE NOT A PERFECT HUMAN BEING! God is working on all of us to make us perfect. LEARN to understand that our different attitudes make us unique, and if God is able to overlook all that we do that are not pleasing unto Him, why can’t we also accommodate our differences, we that are imperfect?. Read the word of God, and learn from the story of Joseph how he accepted all the injustice meted out to him by his brothers, and yet he was not angry with them. It is dangerous to continue to dwell in anger. So make it your daily dosage that nothing anybody does will anger you because he is from dust. Man is not God and so expect anything from man. God will pour Himself into us all and make us “good” for Him in Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer…I pray the LORD will give us the grace to cease from anger and forsake wrath in Jesus Name, Amen

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