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The Destructive Nature Of Anger

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Anger is an emotion that all of us have felt or will feel! A formless force that manifests itself in many ways, often in the destruction or (attempted destruction) of whatsoever crosses our path.

Now whilst there are many that struggle with anger problems, often because of deep-seated personal issues, anger is such that even the most mild mannered lady or gentlemen can exhibit feelings of intense rage. Now is this all bad? Not necessarily, in the bible we are told that Jesus Christ got angry, often times at the hardness of people’s hearts towards his words.

In other passages, we are told that due to the lack of respect shown to the temple, he proceeded to physically cleanse the temple of moneychangers & those that bought & sold in the temple with whip in hand.

Now I bring up Christ to highlight the fact that anger in itself is not a bad thing, if the anger is directed towards unrighteousness or injustices. The problem though is that many of us get angry for the wrong reasons! Even if initially our fit of rage is justified.

I picture anger like a man balancing spinning plates; whilst initially he could be successful in balancing a few, as the intensity grows of balancing more & more, he quickly finds that he cannot keep track of all the plates as they begin to smash on the ground, before he knows it, what started out as a simple (albeit complex manoeuvre) becomes something he has no control over.

It’s the same with anger, we often times open up a pandora’s box of hurt, when we let anger control us & ultimately consume us. The bible of course has much to say about this;

Make no friendship with an angry man;
and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Proverbs 22:24

An angry man stirreth up strife,
and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. Proverbs 29:22

Two verses to name a few, highlighting the dangers of allowing anger to sit within us for long periods of time.

The bible says in Ephesians 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil

Showing us that anger becomes a problem when we don’t deal with it. The bible’s timeframe of dealing with anger is 1 day, but often times we harbour anger in our hearts for many days, months, years even. We allow it to fester & canker in our hearts, eating us from inside & robbing us of our joy

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The bible says let it go! In a sinful world filled with sinful men & women, the chances of you harbouring anger is extremely high, but understand that in Christ, we have a Saviour who not only took care of the anger of God towards sinners by appeasing it through his own sacrificial death, but forever lives to make intercession for us.

The sustained anger we often show towards others is the same anger that was dealt with on the cross. Can we not show the extended hand of grace to others who have ruffled us?

Is there a time to be angry? Oh yeah!! Christians should not downplay this, but there is a difference between anger at injustices, disrespect & sin & plain anger due to emotional instability (bruised ego, pride etc)

Let’s identify them both & act accordingly! A life ruled by emotions is an unstable & dangerous life to live. Choose rather to be governed by principles & grace.  Amen

 

 

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I Am A Christian! Short Poem.

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I am a Christian!

I look like you, I walk like you.

My Hair can be black, my eyes maybe blue

You walk by me, you walk next to me

You talk to me, you even woRk with me.

I eat, sleep, drink like you

I even talk & think like you.

I can be black, or whIte like you

I can be a Sister, I can be a brother

An aunt or a mother

A poliTician a policeman

I’m tall, I can be short like you

I wonder do you know me………

 

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I make Jokes like you, I laugh like you

I have passions like you, I like fashion as you.

I Educate with you, I graduate like you

I cry like you, I die like you……

So where is the severance, or who makes the difference?

A man that I proclaim, Who bore all my shame

He bore yoUrs too, he cares for you too

I wonder do you know him, he sure knows you!

He is the Saviour, he saves sinners…….like you!

 

Sal

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Why The LGBT Rights Movement Is Not Like The Civil Rights Movement!!

GayCivilSpeaking with an acquaintance of mine who is a homosexual prompted me to write this post if only to address the rather unpleasant slave trade, Jim Crow, early 20th century era of world history. Somewhere along the line, I guess the idea that the fight for gay rights could or should be compared to the fight for civil rights. This acquaintance of mine covertly tried to link the two movements together repeatedly, as if me being black would send an agreeing nod his way.

Now this kind of thinking is WRONG on so many levels, not to mention insulting to say the least. To compare a God-given right to be counted equal with other human beings, to a movement which seeks to gain equality with the very laws of nature itself is shocking. I’ve read several articles as well which have sought to draw these two together, as if the spirit of those men and women fighting for something they really should not have been fighting for in the first place, will somehow rub off on those fighting for equal rights for LGBT.

Here are the two quintessential reason why these two movements are so so different

1) Homosexuality is a sin, whilst being black or being any colour is not a sin – Now this ends up offending many people who are LGBT, but why does it offend so much? I am told by your staunchest defenders that I should be accepting of the LGBT message, but when I say you should be accepting of my stance as a Christian, I am the one who is intolerant? What? How does that make sense.

2) Colour is an intrinsic attribute, whilst homosexuality is an adopted lifestyle – This one is simple! A LGBT can be of any colour, and are of every colour, any person can adopt a LGBT lifestyle, but what colour God has given you is an intrinsic attribute you are born with. You cannot change it, no matter what you might think to do. This then highlights one of the key reasons why, those who were fighting for civil rights were not just fighting for an adopted lifestyle, but were rather fighting for life itself. If they lost, then there were no alternatives, they are stuck with the colour they are given.

I find it ridiculous that these two would even be uttered in the same breath!! That is all…….now a few thoughts on the race issue!

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Personally, I don’t have hang ups about the Civil Rights Movement, or what people of my colour have had to endure through the centuries. Just because I grew up in the 90’s and 00’s not personally facing the stigma of the past doesn’t mean I don’t know about the history, and the not so distant past atrocities black people endured, but I don’t let it interfere with my life. The moment I got saved 6 years ago, was the moment I found my identity in Christ, who I am, is defined by the relationship I have with my Saviour. The past will be judged by God, as well as the sins of all mankind for that matter.

You see the answer to the race problem is simple; the answer is found in Jesus Christ. In fact the word “race” in relation to mankind is not even found in the bible. The word of God always talks about nations, not races of people. A nation is made of many different kinds of people, not the other way around.

The nation of Israel itself, the nation God decided to use to shine the light of his workings to the gentile world was of a diverse mix of people. A nation which similarly were freed from slavery, were warned by God to not mistreat strangers, because they were once mistreated themselves (Deuteronomy 24:17 and like verses etc). Problems began when the Jews started to get an inflated view of themselves, and shunned other races, even their former brethren the Samaritans, because of their mixed ancestry. A problem that still persists today I might add towards others. This was never God’s intention for people to be divided by their colour, rather by nations were we meant to be divided.

Therefore I don’t subscribe to a “white race” or a “black race” etc mentality, I have many friends from different walks of life and backgrounds, our differences are what makes us strong, and builds our bonds as people and as friends.

Paul so eloquently states in Acts 17:24-27.  The workings of God “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us

…that is all.

Sal

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