SCRIPTURE: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. —Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Is there ever a time for anger?
This quarter our Women’s Ministry studied from a book called “Stuck” by Jennie Allen. Her subtitle is “the places we get stuck & the God who sets us free.” The topics were: Broken, Mad, Discontent, Scared, Overwhelmed and Sad. At the end of the series, each group did a presentation on one of the topics. My group’s word was Mad. Our team was very creative and had a great skit presentation. Setting: Two of the ladies are “friends” and they are suppose to meet for dinner. Well one shows up and the other one does not. So, when they see each other the next time, the question is will they reconcile or will they be mad and remain that way. Well, this was church and it was a skit, so of course, they reconciled. But how many times in “real life” do we not reconcile and stay MAD?
While we are on the topic of being mad and anger…how many times I have heard:
1) “I don’t believe that person is really sorry” and
2) “Saying ‘I forgive you’ won’t take away the pain”
Well, if a person has offered you an apology, its definitely time to move on. Sometimes you may never get the apology! So, for sure, you may never receive a genuine apology from the offender, but what do you gain by allowing your wound to fester?
Why is whether or not a person is genuinely sorry for hurting you relevant to the issue of forgiveness?
Why is it significant that forgiveness is a process (not a one time fix in many cases)?
“God doesn’t tell us never to get angry. God’s call is that we be slow to anger because He knows we are so easily offended. And in doing this we live like God: “The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (Exodus 34:6)
Finally, if Christ, laying down his rights (to be angry), justified so few reasons on this planet to respond with anger, how many can we justify?”
Again, Is there ever a time for anger? Yes, but let’s pick our fights wisely, life is too short!
Just and holy God, you know that we human beings don’t always treat one another kindly, respectfully, or justly, and that truth makes it tough for me to want to forgive people who have hurt me. May my fear of being hurt be overshadowed by the truth that you’ll be with me even if I am hurt again. Help me, Lord, to do what is right even though it’s hard.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
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