God’s Rescue for Our Anger
This week’s podcast theme is FINANCIAL ANGER. Have you noticed how holidays seem to stir the anger pot?
Everything is humming along so well. Then someone says a cruel or hurtful word to you. They disappoint you. Or neglect to include you.
Are you angry? If so, the enemy of your soul is laughing. He’ll use any means possible to trigger us into anger.
We may be suddenly ambushed by a vivid memory of a sorrowful event from the past. Instantly transported to a time and place when we felt bruised, helpless, or unloved. We forget for a moment the grown-up, much-loved, powerful-in-Christ person we have become.
Somebody’s hurtful words or actions may ambush us. Our offender may have been provoked by a sudden memory of a painful wound from their own past. Without thinking, they strike out. It’s an auto-pilot defense response. Not about you. Only a twisted attempt to manage their insecurity or pain.
God’s rescue for our anger is available, powerful, and quick—but His rescue requires surrendering our anger—to Him.
Sigh… Did He not hear what they just said? Did He not see what they did?
Yes, He did. But wait.
Forgiveness is NOT about letting your offender off the hook.
They are most definitely ON the hook.
They DESERVE the hook.
Forgiveness is HANDING the hook—with all its pain, injury, offense, and sin—to God.
Take comfort, beloved. God does not take lightly those who hurt His kids—that’s you and me. He is well prepared to deal with your offender.
I’ve heard it said that carrying anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
Forgiveness is how He extracts the hook’s poisonous snare.
Once the deadly toxin is expelled and handed off to God, agitation disappears. Life feels happy again.
Forgiveness comes with two benefits—authentic peace within–and restored peace with God.
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15
Here are some fantastic scriptures to help you pray through your anger:
Proverbs 12:16, 19:11, 20:22, 21:23, 29:11, 15:1, 16:32, 14:29-30, 20:3, 20:22, 29:20, 29:22.
Be sure to listen to this week’s podcast for much more, especially FINANCIAL ANGER. You won’t want to miss it. Contact me if you need help connecting to the podcast.
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With love and blessings from your caring advisor,