Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 11 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 22
Food for Thought: Prov. 22:24
Being friends—or more than a friend—with an angry person never turns out well. Angry people are dominated by their flesh, and they give no room for Love to have His perfect way in their lives or in the loves of others. In essence, it robs people of the peace that Jesus paid such a high price for us to have (see Is. 53:5). Anger can be very irrational and dangerous, and the Word tells us to stay away from people who cannot restrain it. It can also become contagious, influencing others and causing them to go down that path, as well.
Of course, in our own lives, we do not want to be the ones that are known for having an angry disposition, either. That wouldn’t reflect the love of God in us and would hinder our testimony. It usually gives the flesh full reign, which is entirely opposite of the Lord’s will for our lives, as He desires that we always walk in the Spirit and that His fruit be evident in us. (See Gal. 5:16-25.) And at the bottom of anger is often fear and a lack of faith in God to handle the situation. That is why the Lord tells us in Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” And again anger is addressed in Colossians 3:8 saying, “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”
Sometimes we tend to think that our own anger is justified. Well, it may be, but if we allow it to control our reactions, then we will be the ones that the Bible says to avoid.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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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.):
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