Christians are human which is sometimes misunderstood. As humans we are never going to be or live perfect in this life. This does not give us the freedom to stop making every effort to grow and change. Learning to trust in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross will give us the peace and comfort to come to God for help when we do stumble.
Ephesians 4:25-32, 25, Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. 26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
Everything in these verses is good to keep in mind during our daily walk. Since we are human we will stumble from time to time, but only those who do not pick themselves are the failures. God’s grace is just that. He is not watching us ready to zap us when we sin or stumble. The fact is it would be easier if He was that kind of God. Since we usually do not have an immediate adverse reaction to our stumbling, the devil can make us think we got by with it this time. Sin will eventually catch up with man in time and he just doesn’t know when that time is. God is after a relationship with us not our walking perfectly before Him. We couldn’t be perfect if we tried, that is why Jesus did for us. I do want to shed some light on the verse “be angry and do not sin.”
To be angry and do not sin is actually purposing to have a different mindset when something does come up that makes us angry. The emotion of anger is wired in us as a part of the “fight or flight” response. It is our first line of protection. Stress from daily life has brought out the anger side of society, but what you do with the initial thought is paramount. We can never stop a thought or emotion from coming, but we can control whether we continue thinking on it. From studying the word we understand that anger is the murder spirit and Jesus tells us that we should resist all aspects of this emotion, (Matthew 5:22). From the, “do not let the sun go down on your wrath”, Paul is telling us to resist dwelling on the event that caused the anger to come up. Forgiveness is the key to controlling this emotion. Matthew 6:14 & 15 is Jesus’ response to the model prayer He shared with His disciples, “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”. The key to letting go of anger is forgiveness. We certainly do not want what we disserve according to our past and present wrongful actions, so we need to try to see people from God’s eyes and not through our personal judgments.
We can have the best possible walk before God by looking to His word for advice in every situation in life. Two of the premier verses that have given me strength over the years are found in Philippians 4:6- 9, and Philemon 1:6. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- -meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Prayer with thanksgiving will open the door for communication with God and by meditating on Him and His word we gain strength in times of trials. All Christians want to be good witness for God, but we forget that our actions speak louder than our words. Philemon 1:6 is the very key to living a good testimony before other men, 6” that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”. In Genesis 12:2 the blessing God gave to Abraham so that he would be a blessing, extends to all of God’s children of promise. We are blessed by God so that we can be a blessing to the people God puts in our path. It is impossible to be a blessing to people when we are pronouncing curses on them while in our moment of anger, lust, stealing, or using corrupt language. “32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you”. This verse is for us to purpose to walk in toward everyone we see regardless of whether they are a fellow believer or not. If fact we are to build up each other with the word of God and encouragement and show the goodness of God to the world through our actions. After all it is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance.
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