Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 11, 2013

Anger Without Sin

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Jonah 2:5 LORD said, “Are you really so very angry?”

It is so easy to get angry when things don’t go the way we think they should.  Hurt, disappointment and not understanding quite often lead to anger.  As self-centered people most of our anger is because our needs, our desires or our emotions are disagreed with, ignored or, in our opinion, abused.  When that happens we become angry at a person or group of people.  Jesus displayed anger in the temple and turned over the tables of the money-changers.  People could only use temple money to buy the needed animals for sacrifice and the money-changers were charging a big mark-up for the service.  Jesus was angry at what they were doing not at the people doing it.  He even said in Ephesians 4:26. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.  It is right to be angry at a sinful act but not at another person.  We are also not to let our anger spill over into another day.  How do we do that when we hear or see the hateful cruelty to fellow people?  We take them before the throne of God in prayer and intercede for both the doers and the receivers.  We pray for the love of God to descend, heal and work within all lives involved.  We become willing to ask God and listen to see if we are contributing to the action or if He would have us be part of the healing.  We are commanded to love all people regardless of who they are or what they do.  Jesus interceded for Those who nailed Him to the cross.  Our question is can we do less?

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September 7, 2012

Anger Without Sin

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Psalms 37:8 Do not be angry and frustrated!  Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!

We live in an angry world.  People are angry and don’t know why.  They take their anger out on family, friends, neighbors, strangers, businesses and anything else they can find.  Anger ususally comes from some perceived need not being met.  Many time they don’t even know what that need is.  They only know things or people are not as they want and they are angry.  They lash out.  The Bible says we can be angry without sin.  We must know what to be angry at.  Jesus was angry at the money changers in the temple.  Not because they were there to change Caesar’s money to temple money.  They were there to make as much profit as possible.  Our anger is not to be against people but against sin.  We have a weapon much more powerful than burning things, killing people or stealing or rioting.  We have the power of prayer and spreading God’s love.  Our question is are we praying for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven?  Do we really want it to come to earth?  It begins within us.

July 8, 2012

Anger

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1Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. . It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. . Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love is not easily angered. We, as a society, are getting more and more hot tempered. There is road rage when someone causes someone else to delay their drive by a few seconds. There is the attitude of “tit for tat.” Anger takes many forms: physical, facial, gestures, words, etc. There is even the anger of silence. Anger rears it’s ugly head because of the some of the other characteristics of love missing. God’s word says, “Be angry but do not sin.” Jesus experienced anger and did express it physically one time by turning over the tables of the moneychangers in the temple. His reason for anger was not His inconvenience but the abuse of God’s temple. When we are angry we need to check the reasons for our anger. We should not turn our anger inward but should talk it over with God and ask His Holy Spirit to show us how to diffuse it in a healthy way. Anger not dealt with becomes resentment and eventually hatred. Our question is what makes us angry and what do we choose to do about it.

April 2, 2012

Righteous Anger

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:32 am
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Luke 19:45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

After being greeted as a king Jesus went to the temple. The outer courts of the temple were full of sellers of animals for sacrifices and money changes for the right kind of money to use in the temple. As with today, greed was present and prices were very inflated. This certainly didn’t promote an attitude of worship or prayer. Jesus became angry and turned over the tables of the vendors. Sometimes anger is a very good thing if for the right reason and displayed the right way. Jesus did not harm any of the vendors. He only upset their tables, scattering their goods to the floor. He even told them why He was doing this. Sometimes I feel like doing it. I read about churches that are charging for their services. They charge for Vacation Bible School, Bible studies and many other opportunities they host. The charges are more than the price of a possibly needed book for the course. It gives the appearance they are presenting the opportunity to make money yet they are not presented as a fund raising event. There are churches that still ask members to underwrite opportunities for others to come and grow in God. We are to keep our churches as a center for all to come freely and learn of God. Some come to church so they can make “good” contacts for their business. Some come to be seen as a “good” person. There are many reasons people come to church. Jesus wanted church to be a place for worship and praise. We are to come in that attitude and in willingness to encourage others into worship and praise of our Lord and God. Our question is what do we use our churches for – a place to bring others into the fellowship of God? All that we do in a church, all opportunities presented and hosted should lead to the worship and increasing praise and fellowship with God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit. Let’s be sure we turn over our tables of ulterior motives.

February 24, 2011

Cry Aloud

Ps 3:4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.

 

Have you ever been so tired or sick or frustrated or angry and you didn’t know what to do.  Perhaps you even wanted to quit.  The psalmist felt that way.  I really enjoy reading the psalms.  In this psalm he says he cries aloud to the Lord and the Lord answers him.  This is where we are to go when we are tired or discouraged or angry or sick or frustrated or worried.  We cry aloud to our Lord and listen and expect to hear the answer for us.  Many of us choose to vent to others or go to some drug or drink or other device.  These things might help temporarily but they don’t give us the answers we need.  Only God has the answers for us.  Next time you experience one of these feelings, get by yourself where no one can hear you and cry aloud to our Lord.  Then be quiet and listen.  It’s best to listen with pen and paper and write what comes into your calming mind.  You’d be surprised what you hear the Lord say to you when you give Him a chance.  Cry aloud to the Lord and He will answer you  from His holy hill.

 

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