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Anger-Love Your Enemies

Anger-Love Your Enemies

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:38-48

Pastor Bryant Tabb

Here Jesus taught how to handle life situations.  He challenged them to understand that what we might have done in the past was not necessarily God’s way of doing things.  We need to receive God’s instructions from His word and do things His way, not according to our own flesh or our own way of thinking, but according to the word of God.

He advised us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.  When we do, we prove that we are children of our Father in heaven.  We are to love those who don’t love us.   Bless those who curse us, do good to them that hate us, pray for those who despitefully use us.  This is truly walking in the spirit and not in the flesh.

Anger must be controlled and brought into proper balance.  It takes strength to balance things out.  We cannot be weak in the area of controlling our anger, we must be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  We cannot be out of control when it comes to anger.  We need the word of God to stabilize us.  We need self-control by the spirit.

The enemy tries to place traps in our lives that seem like he is adding more logs to our fires.  So there is no surprise that he will try to use anger to cause us to sin.  We must use anger as an opportunity to grow in the spirit and control our flesh.  1st Corinthians 10:13 says we are not tempted above what we can bear, God makes ways of escape so we can bear anything. As we allow the character of God to flourish in our lives during tough times, we will mature and grow in Christ.

To control anger, we need to have a healthy prayer life.  As we pray and talk to God daily, we will find out what He wants us to do in specific situations.  The world is watching us closely so we have opportunity to be a witness and example of God living through us.  The Lord will allow us to be tempted, but not more than we can bear.

In heated situations where anger tries to show up, we must take deep breathes and respond slowly.  Being wise like Proverbs 29:11 says in the Message Bible is key.  Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.  The end result we want is God’s way, which is peace, not a life full of anger, bitterness, resentment, fear and stress.

Fear and anger go together.  Anger and fear tempts people to get out of control and many fall for their traps.  As we practice patience and self-control, the slowness of it will allow us to make wise decisions that can be from God and not automatic responses from our flesh.  The flesh at times hurt during heated exchanges, but the true man of God will patiently wait on God for assistance.  When we don’t know what we should do, we should stand still and wait for the Lord.  The battle is the Lords’ not ours.

To handle anger, never do what the world or your flesh expects you to, but do what God wants you to.

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