Love you all, praying for you,
I just love God’s Word. It is so real. Have you ever heard someone say “I’m just pissed…” Is that you? Why do people say that? Does it draw the favor of God? Does it attract people to them? Unlikely, and if it does, those aren’t the people you want to attract. There is no benefit to being surrounded by malcontents… So why do people say that? Most of the time it’s because they are weak minded… easily triggered, everything gets under their skin. They haven’t matured enough to control their emotions. Here’s what God says. James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone of you should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Wow. Can’t be much clearer than that… Is it ever OK to be angry? Nowhere in the Bible did it record Jesus being angry at people who treated him poorly, or at situations or circumstances that he couldn’t control… People who rejected him, lied about him, slandered him, and it happened all the time. Plus, He knew what they were thinking, their blind and baseless hatred for Him… He was being slandered and persecuted constantly, not to mention betrayed… But other people didn’t tic him off. He knew what they were, who they were controlled by, and He had compassion on them, not anger against them. “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do…” The only time he got angry was when the money changers turned His Father’s house into a den of thieves. He called them out on it, overturned their tables, and drove them out of the temple. Dishonoring God’s house, and taking advantage of the poor upset him. The other thing that he disliked, was the Pharisees who were hypocrites, putting burdens on people that they themselves couldn’t carry, or accusing others, of things they did themselves. He didn’t let that go unaddressed. But those are the only two instances I know of where Jesus became angry. People didn’t trigger him, he wasn’t held captive by immaturity or emotions. And right after saying that anger doesn’t produce the righteousness that God desires, James says, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. He associated anger with those things… and said humble yourself and accept the word of God planted in you which can save you – from being controlled by anger in your life. And then He said the very next verse. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. God didn’t call us to be angry, he called us to be humble, obedient, faithful, and loving. Even the unlovable, even our enemies. Praise God – any thing that could cause anger – is just fake news. God is bigger than that thing, or that person, even that lack of maturity or graciousness or contentment on your part. Humble yourself, repent, Do His Word, don’t just hear it. God is working everything for your good. Trials met with humility become victories. Trials met with anger become prolonged. Praying that you won’t be pissed off, but humbly accept the Word planted in you.
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!