Theme of the Week: Anger
Bible Verse: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 NIV
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:16, Ephesians 5:1, Psalm 37:8 , Romans 12:18
While it’s easy to focus on the many dangers and consequences of anger-fuelled sin, there are blessings and benefits to dealing with anger God’s way.
When we deal with our anger according to God’s word and Spirit, we can experience many benefits in our lives. Here are some of them:
We can glorify God and reflect his character (Matthew 5:16, Ephesians 5:1). When we show self-control, forgiveness, grace, and peace in our anger, we demonstrate that we are God’s children and that we follow his example. We honor Him with our attitudes and actions and attract others to Him.
We can grow in our relationship with God and others (Psalm 37:8, Romans 12:18). When we let go of our anger and seek reconciliation with God and others, we remove the barriers that hinder our fellowship. We can enjoy God’s presence and peace in our hearts and have more harmony and love in our relationships.
We can avoid many negative consequences of sinful anger (Proverbs 19:19, Galatians 6:7-8). When we refrain from acting out of anger or holding on to it, we spare ourselves and others from much pain and trouble. We can avoid damaging our health, reputation, career, family, or ministry. We can also avoid God’s discipline or judgment for our sins.
Ultimately, dealing with anger in line with God’s principles empowers us to live lives that honor Him, strengthen our relationships, and safeguard our well-being. Let us embrace the transformative power of God’s guidance, allowing His wisdom and grace to shape our responses and bring about abundant blessings.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I repent of how I’ve expressed anger in sinful ways. Instead, help me align my response to anger with your example. Give me the self-control, forgiveness, and grace to grow into my true identity as a child of God. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Reflection: Today, let us commit to safeguarding our reputation and preserving our relationships to live lives that honor God and enjoy the abundant blessings that come with dealing with anger God’s way, instead of our own.
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