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angryThe last step for successfully enduring difficulty may be surprising.

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” – Psalm 37:8

The word translated “anger” literally means “nostril”. Nostrils flare when a person gets really mad.

Why mention anger? One of the same reasons most marriages fail where there is a tragedy or handicapped/difficult child. Anger easily comes to the surface in times of stress.

It doesn’t have to be that way! Don’t manage anger, stop it by being alert, deciding it will never produces good results, and letting it go as a sacrifice to Jesus.

Prayer: “Father, let this struggle this time be different. Help me keep your word in front of me and to cease being angry. I let it go as a sacrifice to Christ. Amen!”

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Discovery about Days

The way a day turns out is often different than the way it feels facing it.

And that’s a good thing!

“Instead of worrying, pray… It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” — Philippians 4:6-7 (Message)

– fritz

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Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies – Psalm 23:5

Rejected applications, separation and/or divorce, those dissatisfied no matter what, sarcastic teens letting you know you are out of touch, a snub here, a lack of coöperation there, even downright hostility — hey, it’s a fact of life.

Even in the midst of God’s banquet-like blessing the Psalmist pointedly adds, “my enemies all around!

Why can’t we all get along?! There could be lots of reasons or no reason, it’s life. While the Bible doesn’t say why, it does says what to do about it.

Don’t pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble. As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone. Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” — Romans 12:17-19 (God’s Word Translation)

  • Be as friendly as you can — work on your people skills
  • Don’t retaliate, turn those feelings over to God (he judges what’s right better than you)
  • Choose to not let it bother you, in fact, choose to happily move on with Christ ready to help even your enemies find the life changing power of Jesus

–fritz@langgang.com

Related post: “The Most Misunderstood” – June 7, 2012

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Think it Through!

Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” – Genesis 30:12-13a (NIV)

A cautionary tale about getting so wrapped up in the moment we fail to notice the bigger picture.

Leah was happy because her servant had a second child by her husband, Jacob.

She was so focused on the rivalry with her sister,  she saw everything from a win/lose perspective and thought she was winning.

But think about that a minute!  (pause here) What she did not think about was that her husband was sleeping around with the hired help, and more than once! Culture or not, no wife wants her husband intimate with others.

Intensity often blocks us from thinking things through. Israel’s prime minister, Golda Meyer, in 1957 said, “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us”. Love her or hate her she was saying that they were not thinking about what was really important.

As followers of Jesus we need to not be so focused on “winning” that we miss the bigger picture of what is right.

Sound Byte: Avoid Win/Lose Situations (even when you think you’re winning).

– fritz

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