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Morning Prayer, Friday, May 29, 2020 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: HANDLING PAIN AND ANGER
Father God, please help me get in that place emotionally and spiritually where just as with Jesus, others' actions against me will quickly be forgiven. Amen
"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." James 1:19-20
"Anger doesn't solve anything but it can destroy everything." When we find ourselves facing the pain or loss of a loved one, or even having been deeply hurt by someone we love and trust, how we process that pain can make a world of difference. True, we do each process pain differently. Some react quickly while others may withdraw. One may think withdrawing is better, but over time it can cause us internal harm. How do you contain your anger and your pain? Proverbs 16:2 tell us, "Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." Sometimes, when we have been deeply hurt or pained by others around us whether it be family, friends or strangers, processing the pain is not always easy. In most cases, your first instinct is not forgiveness. Most people’s reaction in these situations, is retaliation. Jesus is the perfect example of someone who could very easily have been quite retaliatory when he was spit on, mocked, lied on and severely beaten. Would it matter to you if the person doing you wrong was in a bad place in their spirit? Would it? When Jesus was up on that cross he says to the Father, in speaking about his accusers, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Jesus understood that spiritually, they were not in a good place so they didn't understand what they are doing. I can think of a few occasions where forgiveness was the last thing on my mind. I was mad. I was angry. I didn't want to hug and sing Kumbya. After some years, I have grown spiritually in a way that before I react to someone who has wronged me or caused me pain, I get my head in a better place and it is then that I can overcome what that old man in me wants to do.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.." John 3:16