Refrain From Anger

Have you ever wanted to TELL SOMEONE OFF! 

Telling someone off is what I heard children say when I was young.  If you were to tell someone off it is akin to giving them a piece of your mind or using your mouth to scold them because they harmed you or someone you wanted to defend.

There are times when we (Christians) may be called to refute a tongue that accuses us but there are also times when we are called to be silent even when someone is speaking against you.

I met someone years ago that would say that she would bite her tongue rather than speak up.  Unfortunately she was not very good at biting her tongue when it was best for her to be quiet.  I knew of times when she spoke up saying things she never should have said and she spoke up even if she didn’t have all the facts.  It is grievous when a child of God uses their words to harm people speaking with malicious words and lies.

There are times when we know it is good to speak up for what is right.  What about times when you know you’ve been wronged? Do you think it’s always right to tell someone off?

I used to read the passage that talked about how Jesus was silent before the shearers.  Almost every time I’d read that passage I’d tell the Lord that I sure did want to do what Jesus did but I felt that being silent when someone else was harming me would be rather difficult.

I want to give God glory and praise because God has helped me find out that when He gives us the ability to be quiet during difficult times it can be done.  His grace is sufficient during those grievous moments.

Now that I’ve experienced times of basking in God’s grace during some rough moments I now believe that is beneficial to refrain from anger.  It’s a good thing to turn away from wrath.

God says that he will take vengeance when it is needed.   See Romans 12:19 (KJV),
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

In 2 Thessalonians 1v 6 (NIV)  we can read this:
“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.”

You don’t have to tell anyone off.  There is no need to give people who trouble you a piece of your mind, mentioning all the things you may wish you could say to them, when you’re really angry.  It’s not your responsibility to scold everyone that seems to deserve a good scolding.

Do you have faith in God?  Do you trust in the Lord?  Will you trust Him to take vengeance on those who are doing evil things & will you believe that He will handle all things in a just way?

I believe God is better at taking care of scoundrels, liars, criminals, deceivers, thieves, whisperers, slanderers, and rebels than any of us can be.

My prayer today is that God will help me remember what I’ve written here today and apply it in my life.   I also pray that I will have  God’s  strength to focus on good things instead of on nasty spirited people and the evil things some of them do.  There are plenty of people who call themselves Christians who do things that are wrong and they don’t always recognize their own wrong doing.  May the Lord open  our eyes when we need to see what we’ve done that is wrong.  May God bring us to repentance when repentance is needed.

My proclamation of faith concerning this subject is to say, “I trust God to take care of those who work iniquity.  I trust in the Lord to do exactly what He says He will do.  God will take vengeance on those who are waiting for their payback.  He’ll tend to them all at a perfect time and in perfect ways.  God is just.  God will pay back trouble to those who have dished out trouble.  I also trust God to be merciful.  God’s mercy endures forever. 

~ Written by Elizabeth Evans Wolfe

 

Psalm 37 (KJV), 
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”

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