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Scarf of Anger
Series: Scarves of White - Replacing Our Issues With The Covering Of Christ
''…for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.'' -James 1:20
Of all the issues we will cover in this Bible Study, anger has been one of the biggest for me. Not only did I learn anger, I adopted it as my way of life. Irritated at the slightest thing, wanting to be heard, getting especially upset if anything tainted my image, anger used to be a regular part of my existence.
When my oldest son David was three or four years old, I got a huge wake-up call. Having filled my schedule with various activities, I was often in a hurry and not in the best of moods.
One morning, I was gathering our things together and the boys were playing on the front porch. I had the door open and could hear them. Pretty soon I heard David say, ''She's mean. She's mad. She's mean. She's mad.''
Peeking around the corner, I saw him holding two action figures, having them say to each other, ''She's mean. She's mad. My mom is mean and mad.'' He was talking about me!
Shame, guilt and deep sorrow filled my heart that day. I realized anger was something that I had allowed as my way of life. I was one grumpy mama! The thing is, it had nothing to do with the children, but everything to do with my perspective and priorities. I had resorted to yelling at the drop of a hat, and giving looks that could kill. But that day, it clicked. I made a decision to say, ''No more.'' No more letting anger get the best of me.
Now, maybe you don't have a problem with persistent anger. Praise God! But I'll bet you have someone in your life that does. And it is not fun.
To watch someone let their anger get the best of them is like watching a pressure cooker build up steam, ready to blow. Everyone around them gets tense. And you know what? It's unnecessary. It really is.
Once I recognized my tendency toward anger and made the decision to uproot it, things got a lot better in my relationships.
Now, I'm not talking about the occasional frustration that happens to all of us. I am speaking about the sinful anger that consistently rules thoughts, words and actions. If you struggle with it at all, you know what I am talking about.
The very first example of anger in the Bible goes back to Cain. Firstborn son of Adam and Eve, and brother of Abel, you know the story. But I love the words that the Lord spoke directly to Cain…a warning that sin was right at his door.
Let's read Genesis 4:1-8
This account always makes me want to shout, ''Don't do it Cain! See that sin crouching in the doorway? Get a broom and sweep it away! Hurry!''
But verse 8 tells us exactly how Cain responded. It was as if he didn't even hear the words of the Lord.
We can be like that too. The Holy Spirit ...
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