Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 19, 2017

Anger

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:06 am

Matthew 5:21-24 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (NIV)

 Jesus equated anger and murder together.  When we display anger towards someone we are murdering their spirit.  This anger is not the righteous anger Jesus had when He turned over the money tables in the temple.  His anger was directed against the tables and what they represented, not the people.  When we are angry with someone we tend to say derogatory things to them.  These things can penetrate their spirit.  As long as we are harboring anger against someone our gift of praise or tithe is unacceptable to God for while we carry anger we are out of fellowship with Him.  We are to make peace before we can get back into fellowship with God.  Anger usually comes from our own pride.  We don’t like to be wrong.  We want what we want when we want it.  Let us be sure we recognize anger quickly, deal with it immediately and stay in fellowship with God and with those around us.

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