How can we start off the new year right? Forgiveness! Sinful anger has to be replaced by briefly held righteous indignation, so that the Devil may not be given opportunity. The Bible doesn’t tell us that we shouldn’t feel angry, but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. If I vent thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships. If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from inside out. Paul tells us to deal with our anger immediately in a way that builds relationships instead of destroying them. If we nurse our anger, we will give satan an opportunity to divide us. Are you angry with someone right now? What can you do to resolve your differences? Don’t let the day end before you begin to work on mending your relationship. So for me if someone angers me by 4:59 pm I have to forgive them and give them to God. One of the best pictures of this is getting mad at grown children. Sometimes that make me so mad, but the bottom line is I love them and it is easy for me to forgive by 4:59 pm. But what about a co-worker? Not so easy to forgive so fast by still have to. When I listen to God’s plan life goes better, my health is better, etc. And the bottom line is Matthew 6: 12 “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” I definitely want to be forgiven! So why not start the new year off in complete harmony with heaven and live in forgiveness.
As always we thank you for all your support of the Christian Caring Center and all the programs we serve our clients with, especially during this emergency situation at the Outreach Center.
Abiding in Him,
Madelyn C. Sutton