Thursday, July 23, 2009

Untitled [July 23, 2009]

Ephesians 4:25-5:2 ~Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. [26] “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, [27] and do not give the devil a foothold. [28] He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

[29] Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. [32] Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

[5:1] Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children [2] and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.



Oh God, I know that many times have you been angry, and righteously so. You have punished justly and justly do you turn aside your anger when your people have repented.

I am still angry, and only becoming more so, it seems. Show me how to turn my anger aside. I don’t even know if I have reason to be angry. I’ve tried to be rid of it. I’ve tried to talk to those with whom I am angry, but none hear me; I can’t even get started at times.

Though I have tried to resolve things with one person, they have not heard me. In fact, they are resolved to continue with what has angered me when I have only asked that I be considered.

Why do we hurt each other? Why does it seem like people do not care? I feel so abandoned by those who were supposed to love me.

Show me how to turn aside my anger. How can this be resolved? Please hear me now.

This isn’t who I want to be.