Monday, October 22, 2012

Anger - Yamini's Account

Luke 15:25-31
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

The older son was as lost as the younger son though he was in the Father’s presence because he was angry. When there is anger there is no room for celebration, no room for rejoicing. His anger also prevented him to enter the Father’s house. We have all been invited for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Let not our anger prevent us from entering our Father’s house and celebrate.

ALL sin leads to death (Rom 6:23) including anger. There is no big or small sin in the sight of our holy God. When we are angry we give the devil an opportunity (Eph 4:27).

Basically he is using us instead of God using us. When we are angry we grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30). We may think that we are grieving the person whom we are angry with, but it is actually the Holy Spirit who is grieved. The root cause of most anger is unforgiveness (Eph 4:31,32).

When we harbor unforgiveness, God cannot bless us. Sometimes we think we have the right to be angry like Jonah (Jonah 4:9). But we don’t. When we are angry we become a stumbling block for God’s righteousness to be accomplished (James 1:19-20).

Anger will be detrimental to our physical and spiritual health. Let us repent of our anger issues and ask God to fill us with Calvary’s love. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Eph 4:26, 27 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Eph 4:30-32 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Jonah 4:9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?” “I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.”

James 1:19, 20 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

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