Meditation

02/20/2020

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. (Ephesians4:26-27)

Anger is a response to disappointment, frustration, blocked plans, or personal put downs that happen form time to time in most Christians homes. Anger can either be buried inside oneself or expressed in attacking the one toward whom anger is directed. Neither of these approaches is a Christian way of handling anger.

The positive approach is to resolve anger so that it will not guile up to an explosion or poison the inner being by becoming resentment. Thus, Paul advised Christians to recognize their anger, deal with the issues that cause it, and resolve it before going to bed. When anger is internalized and stored up, it become resentment which gives opportunity for the devil to work in one’s heart. Prayer to God and open communication with other people help us to resolve anger.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, anger is a tool of the devil, and we desire to have Your guidance in dealing with this, to the point of complete and utter resolution. There are times when we can feel anger welling up within us and then we begin to pray for help, Abba. We don’t want to live in conflict; rather, our desire is to live among others in harmony and peace. When we call upon Your Spirit, that we feel the peace that defies all understanding, and we feel Your strength and courage to resolve anything that is keeping us from You. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there.

KNOWING GOD:

When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” (John15:2627)

The Spirit is a “Paraclete, or Counselor. He assists as disciples witness to Jesus Christ. He witnesses to us about Christ. So we can witness to the world. The testimonyof the Spirit, makes the testimonyof the church possible. The church received the Spirit at Pentecost. He immediately guided the church to become witnesses. The Book of Acts records the early years of the church’s life as, guided by the Spirit, they moved out to witness to an ever wider world. The testimony which they gave always concerned Jesus Christ. That was their gospel, and that was what the Spirit guided them to witness to. The “Spirit of truth” guided these disciples into “all truth.” That never means truth which supersedes the truth of Jesus Christ; Jesus is the truth into whom the Spirit always guides the disciples.

I AM:

Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. God back with her.” But Ruth replied, “Don urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.” (Ruth1:15-18)

Ruth’s fervent speech to her mother-n-law is one of the most beautiful declarations of authentic family love in the Bible. Even though not addressed to husband-wife relationships, it is often used in wedding ceremonies to describe what marital love should be. It affirms the desire to be together, to face life’s challenges together, to be a family, and to worship the same God. All of these elements are central to a healthy Christians marriage when Christ becomes the Lord who makes the Father’s presence known to the family.

Second Thought of the Day:

“So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, I repent, forgive him.” (Luke17:34)

We are to forgive other believers when they repent of their sins. Continuing expression of forgiveness is a fundamental factor in Christian family life. Jesus described a fellow disciple rather than an actual brother in the home, but the principle of expressed forgiveness remains the same.

God’s judgment is promised to those who refuse to express forgiveness even though they desire it for themselves. Jesus taught His disciples to forgive one another an unlimited number of times. In short, we are to forgive others as God has forgiven us.

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