Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 25 Scripture Selection: Psalm 37-38
Food for Thought: Ps. 37:8
Anger takes on many forms and doesn’t always manifest itself in full-blown rage. Sometimes it simply is fretting or fuming about the way things are. The government, the country, the traffic, the conditions at work, the relationship issues, and so on. Fretting and anger on any level only does one thing: according to Psalm 37:8, it causes yourself harm, both emotional and physical.
That’s not to say the we should not be observant of the things that are wrong. Rather, we need to direct our attention, our words, and our actions in a faith-filled way that does not hinder our peace and block our faith. Fretting and anger do not involve love, and that is why we cannot allow it to have dominion over ourselves. Ephesians 4:31 instructs us to “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Similarly, Colossians 3:8 says, “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”
Apparently, since the Word tells us to cease from anger, forsake wrath, not to fret, and to put away all forms of negative speech, it must be something that we can decide by faith and love to do. (See Gal. 5:22, 23.) And when we do, that is when we will see God work on behalf of the situation.
Most assuredly, there will be at least one opportunity to get angry or fret about something today. But we can head that reaction off at the pass and be prepared to respond by the Spirit in a much more positive way. Then we will go through our day unscathed by the attempts of the enemy attempts to get a reaction out of us, and we will hold on to our peace.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):