(11.09.20—-Keeping It Together!--Ephesians 4: 25-32)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Should each of us always strive to put anger in its proper place? Since we all get angry; sometimes even at family and friends, should we strive to channel that anger away from violence or cursing?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
Here’s a story: General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson of Civil Ware fame, was often put into situations where his orders were not followed or his army didn’t perform as he had trained it to do. By nature, Jackson had a temper. Though a quiet man most of the time, his friends knew he had a dreadful temper. Jackson, who was zealous about his faith, strove for years to control his anger. One thing he didn’t do, however, was bottle it up. Jackson was like a tea kettle. His officers could see the anger beginning to rise as the general would stand up, loosen his collar, clear his throat, and then walk out of the room and shut the door. The next moment they would hear from beyond the room a one-way conversation between Jackson and himself. He would talk audibly and argue with himself. It was never a lengthy conversation. No, in a manner of minutes his staff knew that the conversation would end and utter silence would follow for several minutes. The general, they knew, was now on his knees asking God for the strength he so dearly needed to cope with the problem at hand. Anger passed, Jackson would return to his staff, collar retuned to attention, hair combed and jaw rigid. His anger relieved, he was ready to confront the situation again. One thing that he never did was express his anger at his men. If his orders were not obeyed, discipline but not cursing would result. During his magnificent victory at the first battle of Manassas, Jackson was seen riding his horse at the head of his troops, arms lifted in the air, hat pulled down over his face and his jaws “a flappin.” The Federal troops had advanced steadily against the Confederate right flank and were pushing the entire Rebel army back. Jackson was clearly agitated by the lack of discipline shown by Confederate troops around him. They were retreating, some without even firing a shot. Jackson’s men knew that he was very angry, yet they also knew that within moments Jackson would have hat in hand, sword in other and they would be riding forward to victory; and such was the case. Jackson, knew that anger on the battlefield often resulted in defeat.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “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.” Like Jackson, each of us should strive to put anger in its proper place. We all get angry; sometimes even at family and friends. Yet, that anger should never be channeled into violence or cursing. We need to deal with our anger immediately and effectively. Foul language and violence only lead to bitterness and hurt. Keeping that anger bottled up leads to frustration and, yes, sin. Pray God that if you’re angry with someone today, take your anger to God first and channel it away from friends and family. They hurt easily; God, on the other hand, is made of tougher stuff.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Please help us to never let the sun go down while we are angry, giving the devil a foothold. Help us to strive to put anger in its proper place always. When we get angry; sometimes even at family and friends, Help us to channel that anger away from violence or cursing. We need to deal with our anger immediately and effectively, but foul language and violence only lead to bitterness and hurt. Forgive us Lord when we fail and fall back on these hurtful weapons. We also know that keeping that anger bottled up leads to frustration and, yes, sin. If we’re angry with someone today, help us to take our anger to God first and channel it away from friends and family. They hurt easily; You, on the other hand, are made of tougher stuff. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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