Thursday, November 19, 2015

Unresolved Anger

There have been times in my life if you had said someone’s name anger would have flared up like gasoline being thrown on a fire. How about you, if someone brought up a certain person’s name right now would anger just flare up inside. Many a relationship has been strained or destroyed by unresolved anger. Some of life’s sicknesses maybe a result of unresolved anger. Is unresolved anger tearing apart relationships in your life? Jesus teaches us the truth about unresolved anger and the consequences it has on our lives. Let’s read:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.” (Matthew 5:21-26 ESV)
We learn from Jesus that to be angry with someone is just as bad as murdering them. Being angry with someone brings a liability of judgment from God in some form. We learn that anger toward someone can take many forms with serious repercussions. Jesus teaches us that unresolved anger toward someone leads to our worship being unacceptable to God. Unresolved anger could be the reason you feel that God is so distant. In Genesis four Cain gets angry and his face fell because his brother’s offering was accepted and his wasn’t. The Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.’ (Genesis 4:6-7) Instead he killed his brother. If you are angry with someone please tell them why. If you know that someone is angry with you be obedient to Jesus’ instructions and go be reconciled to them. Then you r relationship with God is close again and the ministry of reconciliation is taking place in your life with others around you. I invite you to come to one of our local Churches here in Lake City to learn more about Jesus.