OH, NO!! I tried to avoid it, but….
Nailed it dead center! Yes, that huge pothole in the road. It was pitch black at night, raining and I didn’t see it in time. After about needing to see a chiropractor due to the jarring we received and a loan officer to pay the tire bill, I learned again that potholes are definitely to be avoided!!!
“Enjoying the Pleasures; Avoiding the Potholes”
Recently while listening to an angry man, those words were uttered and then ended with a bit of a smile as if it made his indignation acceptable.
Folks, we live in an angry world! And you are asking me, “Did you just climb out from under a rock?!?!”
Well, truth is, in the past few weeks I have heard and seen the fruit that comes from that root. Anger, wrath, bitterness from an evil heart destroys.
What does the Bible say about anger? Please take time to read these passages and let them sink into your heart.
- Psalm 37:8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
- Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
- Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
- Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
- Proverbs 16:32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
- Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
- Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
- Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
- Ephesians 4:26-27, 31 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
- Colossians 3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
- James 1:19-20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Anger rooted in a selfish, sinful, deceitful heart (Jeremiah 17:9) always produces fruit that damages and often destroys lives, homes, churches, marriages, and the world around you.
If you are person given to anger, please soak your soul in these truths from God’s Word. Repent, be reconciled, and memorize these passages. Better to think on truth that sets you free than on the offense that will eat you up inside and cause your heart to be outwardly exposed.
To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine. (Isaac Watts)
Go ahead . . . punch him in the mouth. Then, who’s the fool?
Living in the mountains of East Tennessee gives many reasons for rejoicing and thanksgiving! The scenery changes every day and every season through the myriad acts of God’s creative, sustaining, sovereign hands. How often I find myself singing “How Great Thou Art,” and “How Great Is Our God!”
Yesterday while driving back from Asheville, NC, I had in my mind to stop along the creek near Rocky Fork State Park near Flag Pond, TN. Major rains had descended upon us through the night so I knew the waterfalls would be awesome, and it would provide a peaceful place to sit and commune with my God in prayer.
The Lord had other plans for which I am oh so grateful. When I turned onto the Old Asheville Highway, there was a bearded man with a full pack and hiking poles which immediately signified an AT thru-hiker. Since I love to hike, especially on the Appalachian Trail, this was a great opportunity in many ways! Upon offering him a ride, he threw his gear in the back of my car, and we headed for Erwin and Uncle Johnny’s. What a special treat to listen to his recent weather-related stories as well as the back-story of his life.
The very best part was the joy of talking about eternal life, listening to his answers, caring for his needs and ministering to him Christ Who has finished the work of salvation for all sinners including Jordan and myself. What a special privilege!!
Please pray for my new friend, Jordan, as he hikes the trail.
Meeting Jordan was the highlight of my day!!
Here are two links to his story and the reason for his AT journey:
Jordan’s AT Thru-Hike
Here is a video link for you to learn how you can have a personal relationship with God and know for certain your sins are forgiven and that you have a home in Heaven forever.
The Gospel Message
The title of Thursday’s blog posts is so named that I may share various things that are on my heart about life in general. Hence, today, I ask the following questions:
- Is there sin in your life that you have not been honest about before the Lord?
- How do you handle sin in your life?
- What affect does unconfessed sin have on your life, heart and body? Does it leave you in despair, with a sense of hopelessness? What is the cause of that despair?
- When you confess your sin, how does forgiveness affect you?
- What is your view of God and His forgiveness?
- What is different about you after you have confessed your sin?
Now, read Psalm 130, very slowly and meditatively. Once you have read this psalm, take 30 minutes and listen to the following message by Dr. Steve Pettit: Psalm 130 Sermon
When you are done listening; when you have confessed your sin, is Psalm 130:5-7 the song of your heart?