Thursday, February 10, 2011

Quote of the Week

            “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger, and do not leave room for the devil.”  Ephesians 5:26-27
Growing up, somewhere I picked up the idea that it was wrong to get angry.  If I was to be a good Christian, I should never get mad.  You can imagine I felt guilty every time I became upset for a wrong done to me.  After my husband and I were married, I was angry about something done to me by a family member.  He turned to me and said, “Lisa, it is okay to be angry.  Jesus got angry at the temple.”  What a revelation, but I continue to be struck by passages allowing anger.  Yet with all things, we are not to wallow in our anger.  Be angry and get over it.  Don’t sin by taking revenge or belittling people.  Let it go.  Continuous anger only breeds sin and misery.  In the thirty-first verse it states, “All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice.”  In the past I have had a difficult time letting go of my anger.  Even today certain topics that are brought up can get me going on a “self-righteous” anger tirade.  But I am human.  I pray about my anger and let God take it back for me.  Do you have anger in your life?  As the saying goes, “let go and let God.”
Blessings to you all.

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