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Goodbye Anger


For years, the Lord was speaking to me about anger. I kept coming back to this scripture: Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. (‭Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭8 NLT).

I tried to focus on that point: stop being angry, turn from your rage. How could I stop it? Self-control. That’s what the experts say, practice self-control. I had some of that; I was sure of it. So, I started off trying to stay calm in a situation that I would normally be angered by. I counted to 10. I did some deep breathing. I walked away. I showed progress by attempting to overlook wrongdoings. I would rationalize not responding to an insult when I should have said something. I would try to ignore anger altogether.

But, the anger was still there. The problem that I encountered was that I was wrestling not just with my internal anger, but with the outward evil. How dare someone offend me! Anger was the correct defense to respond with right? Then I discovered that calling anger into play wasn’t always working, because outward evil kept reappearing in another form over and over again.

What am I so angry about? The real reason why I’m so angry is because of the unpleasant interactions that I have with people. Maybe you can relate to some of these:

I’m angry because people are clueless about respect.
I’m angry because people are condescending and talk down to others.
I’m angry because people can be bought when a little money is thrown their way.
I’m angry because when people see a good thing happening they want to ruin it.
I’m angry because people are selfish, lazy, and thoughtless.
I’m angry because people lie and lies multiply.
I’m angry because people don’t take responsibility for their actions.
I’m angry because people make excuses.
I’m angry that people take advantage of kindness.
I’m angry because people cause harm and don’t think twice about it.
I’m angry that people are not compassionate, considerate, and caring.
I’m angry that the more I try to do, the more people try to minimize it all.
I’m angry because people judge by what they see, especially regarding color and body size.
I’m angry because all of my efforts are always compared to someone else.
I’m angry because people want to take credit for the work I’ve done.
I’m angry because people always want to be seen and heard, but not listen.
I’m angry because people call themselves preaching, yet practicing hypocrisy.
I’m angry because people who I considered friends are back-stabbers.
I’m angry because anything I try to do is never enough for people.
I’m angry because people do not apologize for their wrongdoing.
I’m angry because people steal everything- physically, mentality, and spiritually.

When God became angry and flooded the earth, it was because of people (Genesis 6). People were out of control. People are still out of control today. People do not know what purpose they serve. They do not understand what they are to live for. People live in willful ignorance. All of that is what fuels unpleasant interactions. Therefore, we have to stop giving people our power.

So anger, I have to say goodbye to you now since I know that your power is derived from people and unpleasant, perhaps evil, interactions.  I know I can never get away from these interactions entirely. I may even create them at times. The way that I am choosing to overcome that is by faith. Having the faith to say no, let people go, and let God help me grow.

Instead of calling that anger defense into play, I’m running a new offense called Psalm 37- it says it all.

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Answering the Call of Hope


“My wayward children,” says the Lord,“come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”Jeremiah 3:22

I have been guided to study out the book of Jeremiah. I must say wow! It only takes the first three chapters to get a feel for the Lord’s anger at some people. Can you imagine being Jeremiah and listening to the Lord voice his complaint?

Have you ever had someone go off on you in their anger? Well, that’s what the Lord himself did. He communicated the anger He had toward His people who abandoned him. Don’t we always hate it when people remind us what they did for us to help us out? Well, that’s what the Lord himself did. He reminded the people that He brought them out of Egypt into a prosperous, fruitful land.

We just can’t stand it when someone tells us we have not taken care of what they have given to us. Well, that’s what the Lord himself said about his wayward people. His people squandered and defiled what He gave them and they thought nothing of it. God continued on about the idols we worship and how worthless we make ourselves by practicing idolatry. Hand in hand with idolatry is adultery. God sees us pimping ourselves out to be loved. God issued very stern punishment that instituted generational curses to the children’s children. Ouch!

As parents, we have a similar way of functioning with our kids. We set expectations for their behavior and belongings. If our kids do wrong, we let them know it. We issue appropriate consequences. The Lord, as a loving Father does the same thing. He knows that our children’s children shouldn’t suffer for our wrong doings. It’s up to us to make some conscious changes.

Two things are very clear from these chapters: God does not appreciate being abandoned, and he still wants to take care of us- mad or not. We have a Father in heaven who is so amazing like that. He gave Jeremiah the message of how to call people away from their self-inflicted hurtful lives. God has hope in us even after all we have done. In Jeremiah 3:13, God has a three-step plan for us to answer the call of hope:

#1 Acknowledge your guilt.

#2 Admit that your rebellion against the Lord your God.

#3 Confess that you refused to listen to the Lord’s voice.

Does your life seem like you have been living in the Lord’s doghouse? Has He been trying to get your attention with a situation that seems to keep going in a circle? One of my favorite scriptures in the book of Jeremiah is in 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God’s plan is not just about hope, it’s about your future and your prosperity. Maybe it’s time to have that little talk with God and implement His three-step plan. Let him fulfill his promise to you.

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