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Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven

Posted on August 4, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Lately, I’ve seen more interest in pets in heaven than people in heaven. Maybe I’ve been hanging with the wrong crowd or watching the wrong TV shows.

The Forever NotebookNow that I’ve brought it up, I might as well address the pets in heaven issue. Yes, there will be animals in heaven. There is Biblical evidence to support that conclusion. However, God’s word is mute on a great reunion for pets and their human masters. I suppose that’s one of those “wait and see” matters.

I’m pretty sure my cat won’t make it. The door to heaven will close before he can make up his mind to enter or stay.

We all have questions as to what heaven will be like, what it will look like, and what we’ll be doing once we get there.

My wife, Janet, is an artist and a visionary. She’ll draw out a simple sketch on a piece of paper and ask for my opinion on her plan for landscaping the backyard or decorating a bedroom. I’m pretty much limited to the shapes scrawled on the paper. Naturally, it disappoints her when I don’t share her enthusiasm. It’s not because I don’t want to. I just don’t see it with the clarity she can see it. All I can do is trust her that it will be as wonderful as advertised.

That’s the way we should take the Biblical instruction on heaven. Just like all of the Lord’s promises, heaven is about faith. It’s not about what we can see, but what shall be. Our finite minds are incapable of grasping the full magnitude of this incredible place Jesus has gone to prepare for us.

Can you imagine a world without evil where there is no more death, grief, hunger, thirst, or pain? No stress. No worry. No problems. No bills. (No Biblical evidence on that one. Just seems logical.) Just eternal, continual, unstoppable joy.

Regarding seeing our loved ones there, our focus text allows for the possibility of a reunion, but it doesn’t specify if we will immediately know them. We are told only “that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” However, there is nothing in the 1 Thessalonians’ passage to indicate we will recognize them.

There is an event, however, preceding the Resurrection of Christ known as the Transfiguration in which people from the past are recognized. You can read about it in Luke 9:28-36. We’re told that Jesus became “as bright as a flash of lightning.” (v29) And with Him appeared two men of great significance from Israel’s history, Moses and Elijah. We know that their identities were known by Jesus’ disciples because Peter called them by name and offered to prepare shelters for them.

In another Biblical scenario, David grieved over the impending death of his son. He fervently prayed for God to spare the child’s life and “spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.” (2 Samuel 12:16)  But when the child died, David arose, cleaned himself up, and ate a meal. His servants were curious at the change in David’s behavior to which he responded, “…now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me. (2 Samuel 12:23) David believed he would see his child again.

And if we see and know our loved ones in heaven, how will they appear? Will they be as we last saw them? In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul reveals that our earthly bodies will be replaced by heavenly bodies. In verse 3, he dismisses the notion that we’ll be spirits floating around aimlessly like ghosts. We will have bodies suited for eternity that won’t decay or be subject to sickness.

Our bodies will be transformed into something better than anything we’ve had on this earth. There will be no bad hair days in heaven.

Paul gives us an impressive glimpse of our heavenly bodies in the following scripture:

51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

So we can expect that we will have many of our earthly characteristics with heavenly improvements for life with the Father.

Even relationships that didn’t work out so well here on earth will be pure and perfect. And our dearly departed will be with us forever. But most importantly, we will be with our Lord in paradise.

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September)

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Love Means You Sometimes Have to Say You’re Sorry

Posted on August 1, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

In 1970, when Janet and I were dating, there was a popular movie called Love Story. A catchphrase from the film was, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Back then, for whatever reason, the sentiment sounded good, but it was wrong. In fact, love requires apologies, requests for forgiveness, and even — confession.

God wants us to live in harmony. When we say and do things that hurt one another, we should act swiftly before the fire consumes our relationships.

“… confess your sins to each other” doesn’t mean that you bear your soul to everyone you meet. Rather, you should seek peace in relationships in which problems have arisen. When you cause offense to another — apologize, confess, and seek amends.

Jesus placed a high priority on resolving the troubles that arise between you and others. And his emphasis isn’t just on those who wrong you. Jesus wants you to seek reconciliation even when the grievance is against you. That responsibility is expressed in the following scripture passage:

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24

Think about that for a moment. Have you or anyone you know ever left a Sunday morning worship service to hunt down a friend or relative to seek reconciliation? I’m guessing the answer is “no.”

Jesus is concerned with motive, the heart behind the action. In verse 21 of Matthew 5, He calls attention to the Mosaic law, that “anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.” Then Jesus adds to that mandate by including  intent. “… anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” (v22)

Confession is open and honest dialogue in which truth behind actions is revealed.

What happens when your efforts at reconciliation are rejected? Well, that becomes an issue between them and God. You have done your part and obeyed the Lord. Keep on loving. Keep on praying for God to change their heart and attitude toward you. Meanwhile, maintain a godly spirit in your thoughts and encounters with that person.

Jesus wants us to be peacemakers. We should expect nothing less from the Prince of Peace. He produced peace between God and man through His sacrificial death. And He wants us to strive for peace in our relationships with one another. And, yes, sometimes there will be sacrifice involved. Difficult people don’t just suddenly change because you have offered them an olive branch. In fact, they may try to hit you with it. Resisting the urge to hit back will feel like sacrifice.

Jesus has high expectations of His followers. But then again, should we be surprised? Shouldn’t the bar be set high for children of the King?

Not only are we told to confess our sins to one another, but we are also to pray for each other. Imagine the power of praying with those you’ve been at odds with.

What a difference it can make in a marriage. The husband who apologizes for his rude behavior, seeks forgiveness, and then prays with his wife for a strengthened relationship. The wife who lovingly airs the reason for her anger, asks for forgiveness, and then prays for the joy to be restored to their marriage.

Is there someone who has a problem with you? Pray for God to give you wisdom in seeking to clear the air. Ask for Him to give them a receptive heart. Have you offended someone? Pray for the Lord to give you courage to own up to your sin before them. Ask for Him to be with you as you seek to make amends.

Love means sometimes you have to say you’re sorry.

If you’re troubled by a relationship, check out this message: The Key to Better Relationships

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September)

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The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Children

Posted on July 29, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6

I wonder how many Christian parents have been disappointed by this scripture verse? Children don’t always turn out the way we hope, despite our best intentions and planning.

Am I saying Proverbs 22:6 is wrong? No. Not at all. But I am saying that it must be taken in context with the entirety of God’s word.

Heaven is a matter of individual choice. You can point your children in the right direction, give them the best possible Christian education, and live a godly life as a model for them to follow, but a personal relationship with Christ is up to them.

You and I can’t save anyone from the penalty for sin. Only God can do that. Heaven is imparted by God by grace through individual faith.

Do good and godly parents always have good children? Do bad and nonbelieving parents always have bad children? The answer on both counts is “no.” I’m sure you know examples of both scenarios.

So, what’s up with our focus text? And if we can’t count on the truthfulness of this verse, how can we rely upon others upon which we have placed our hope?

The answer is found in the title of the book. Proverbs. A proverb is a wise saying that expresses a common truth or useful thought; general truths stated in general terms; principles of right living that describe observations of life’s realities. Proverbs are not intended as promises or guarantees but as models for maximizing the potential for success in the many facets of life.

In fact, the first five verses of the book reveal its purpose:

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;

3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;

4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young — 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance

And since this wisdom literature is contained in God’s word, then it carries the Lord’s endorsement. Sometimes, however, these teachings can and should be taken as specific promises from God, WHEN taken in context with other Biblical instruction. For example: Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Trusting in the Lord is the basis for our relationship with God. We know God’s ways are not our ways and His help in our lives is not limited to our understanding. And we know submission to the Lord keeps us on the right track. In other words, that line in Jesus Loves Me in which we sing, “for the Bible tells me so,” is the greatest way for understanding and getting the true meaning from the book of Proverbs. Biblical context…

With all that said, let’s return to our focus text. Should we give our children the best start in life possible? Absolutely. We should do everything we can to point them to godly living and a right relationship with Jesus. In Ephesians 6:4, we’re admonished to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

As parents, we do the best we can, knowing our precious children were born as sinners and in need of the Savior. But it has to be more than just dropping them off at church, sending them to Bible School, or reading Bible stories. The principles by which we live speak louder than our words. Let your children see Christ in you.

And then pray, pray, and pray some more. Bathe your children in prayer. If they’re saved at an early age, keep on praying they remain true to the faith. Should they wander, pray for the Lord to bring them back. If they reject salvation, never give up. Keep on praying for the Holy Spirit to open their hearts and minds to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

God hears our prayers. There’s no telling where I would be today had it not been for the fervent and daily prayers of my grandmother. She’s been with the Lord since 1981, but I still benefit from the power of her prayers.

Be that prayer warrior for your children and your grandchildren.  It’s the best thing you can do for them.

For more on this topic, check out this article: Where have All the Father’s Gone

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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How to Have Better Relationships

Posted on July 11, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

1 Peter 2:17

We can’t control how other people treat us, but we can control how we treat others.

In 1 Peter 2:17, we’re given four directives for coexisting with those with whom we must interact. When applied, these mandates can help us experience greater peace and harmony within our relationships. And when our kind disposition toward others is rebuffed, we can know we have honored the Lord by our obedience.

Peter tells us very succinctly how we are to behave toward everyone, other believers, God, and government. And he gave his instruction at a time when Christians were undergoing persecution and their movement was unpopular with the general population.

The way we treat others should not be based on the way they treat us. Our behavior is based on who we are, God’s children, and what the Lord has done for us.

(1) Show proper respect to everyone.

Yesterday, in The Forever Notebook, we examined Philippians 2:3, “in humility value others above yourselves…”  As Christians, we are to value others and give them god-inspired respect.

It has often been said that respect is earned. But based on the teaching of scripture that common saying is incorrect. Rather, respect is to be given to everyone regardless of how we have been treated. We look to God for our honor and not to man. Respect that is not earned is grace, giving the recipient better than they deserved or earned.

(2) Love the family of believers.

Other believers are worthy of an extra measure of our respect because we share a common bond in Christ. We are family. Of course, even in loving families there is discord. But we learn to work through our differences, keep on loving, and find ways to resolve our conflicts. Just as our individual behavior reflects our witness for Christ, so does our corporate conduct. A church fellowship in turmoil is a liability and not an asset for the Lord’s service.

(3) Fear God.

Without this element in place, the other three will fail. The reason we go the extra mile in our relationships is because of our love, respect, and fear for our Lord.

I’ve heard it said that fearing God shouldn’t be interpreted the same way we normally think of fear. Fear of God is just healthy respect and admiration. However, I submit that fear of God should be taken literally. It means just what it says.

The Bible teaches that we’re to fear God and not man. Our eternal destination can only be determined by God. I don’t know about you, but the thought of eternal torment in hell was frightening, enough to cause me to accept God’s plan for everlasting life with Him in heaven.

Although we are to fear God, He is love. (1 John 4:8) Everything God has done and will do for us has resulted from His perfect love. And as we learn in 1 John 4:18, “perfect love drives out fear…” As Christians we no longer agonize over where we will spend eternity. God’s loving act of redemption has freed us from that fear.

God is our Father, the One who disciplines those He loves. (Hebrews 12:6)

So the fear we have for God keeps us in line, teaches us how better to live a godly life, and is the highest form of honor and respect.

(4) Honor the Emperor.

Well, we don’t have an emperor, although it may seem like it at times. But in context, Peter instructs us to honor our government. We are to follow the laws of our land, pay taxes, and respect governmental authority.

God wants godly behavior at all times, in all circumstances, and in all relationships. He wants His children to be well-behaved peacemakers who reflect His light in a dark world.

Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17

For more on this topic, check out this article: Working for the Lord’s Higher Purpose

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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The Key to Better Relationships

Posted on July 10, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…

Philippians 2:3

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get along with everybody? Imagine how much better life would be if you could experience harmonious and peaceful relationships with everyone. Yes, even those cantankerous individuals who get their kicks out of making you miserable.

Now that’s a utopia that won’t be enjoyed until we get to heaven. Down here on earth, we must continue to coexist with the good, the bad, and the ugly.

When we study the Bible, we think a lot about growing our relationship with God. But I wonder if we have a tendency to overlook scriptural teaching on our relationships with one another.

In fact, there are teachings on our relationships with others that are controversial, even rejected. For example, the instruction on wives submitting to their husbands. (Ephesians 5:22-24) But when balancing that mandate with the whole of scripture, it shouldn’t be hard for anyone to accept. The role of the husband is to love his wife sacrificially as Christ loves the church. (Eph 5:25) Later in verse 33, Paul amplifies his meaning. “… each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”  So the marital relationship is to be one of sacrificial love and respect. It’s a 2-way street in which both partners have a God-given role and responsibility. Harmony prevails when we follow the divine design for relationships.

Our focus text in Philippians holds the key for healthy relationships. “… in humility value others above yourselves…” The word I want you to focus on here is VALUE.

One of my neighbors has a car and a truck. Without fail he washes and polishes both vehicles once per week. Why? Value.

We give those things we prize our best. Paul teaches that we are to value others above ourselves because when we hold them in high esteem we treat them better.

By the way, he didn’t say to just hold the ones who treat us well in high esteem. He just says to value others more than ourselves. That’s right up there with turning the other cheek. Not easy. But it is worthwhile.

He also tells us, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.” Me first won’t cut it. And don’t think of yourself more highly than another.

Who are the people in your inner circle who cause you the most grief? Surely a name or two come to mind. Put aside your biases, hurts, and opinions of that person and think of how you can look at him or her in a favored light. Your goal is to value them more highly than yourself.

Why would God want us to do that? Because it’s precisely what Jesus did for you and me. “… he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:7)

We say we want to be more like Christ. He’s our supreme role model. If that is truly what we want then we must also take to heart the Bible’s teachings on interacting with others. And that includes: “… in humility value others above yourselves…”

The key to better relationships is placing value on others, even when it’s undeserved. And as with any spiritual maturity challenge, bathe it in prayer. Trust God to help you effect change that will make a difference in your life and the lives of others — to His glory.

For more on this topic, check out this article: Love Means You Sometimes Have to Say I’m Sorry

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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Are You a Grumpy Christian

Posted on June 19, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24

A well-placed encouraging word or comment can accomplish much. The writer of Proverbs uses the picture of a honeycomb which he says is “sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

In those moments when we are called upon to give comfort — sweet and healing words often fail us. Sometimes the plight of family and friends is so severe that there are no adequate words of comfort. Even ministers and grief counselors encounter situations for which there are no words.

Like I’ve said before, in such times, just being there is enough. Your presence means you care. If the hurting person wants your counsel, they’ll ask for it.

A week ago, I talked about becoming a People Builder. In our troubled world, we need Christians who will devote themselves to lifting people up, rather than tearing them down.

Not only do words have the power to encourage, they can heal. “I’m sorry,” and “Please, forgive me,” are healing words. Relationships can be healed with gracious words spoken sweetly.

Let’s revisit our focus verse. “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” As you read those words, what kind of mood or tone of delivery do you hear? Gruff and demanding or gentle and caring?

That’s a no-brainer, right? So for us to be used by God as encouragers or comforters, we must posture ourselves in the right frame of mind. Grumps need not apply. (Just kidding.) Actually, Christians should be the happiest people on earth.

Consider how Paul ended his letter to the Philippians. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

That, my friend, is the sweet spirit that should be the norm for all Christians. Rejoice. Your gentleness evident to all. Paul even tells us why. “The Lord is near.”

Borrowing my friend, Kurt Kilpatrick’s saying, “Some people act like they were weaned on a pickle.”

Do you know this person? At family gatherings when he arrives it’s like a dark cloud descended upon the room. You wonder why he even bothered to come. Oh, and did I mention, he’s an officer in his church?

That person is not likely to speak healing words. Even if he tried, a lot of good it would do. Healing words are spoken from a cheerful heart and a sweet spirit.

By the way, I always call those people out. Christian or not. When somebody is gruff with me, I cheerfully ask them if they’re having a bad day. They respond in one of two ways. Either they’ll instantly become cheerful, or they’ll share the reason for their cross disposition. The latter opens the door for ministry.

Even that grumpy family member will eventually come around when you get them talking. People like that usually love to talk about themselves. Refuse to allow your sweet spirit to be brought down by the irritable spirit. Grumps need sunshine, too.

Now let’s talk about you. How would your spouse, or children, or your coworkers, or your closest friends describe your disposition? When you enter the room, do you bring sunshine, a dark cloud, or heaven forbid — a raging storm?

God deserves the best that you and I have to offer. We are His witnesses, His representatives. Today, will you be ready to be used to speak words of encouragement and healing?

For more on this topic, check out this article: What Is Unwholesome Talk and Why Should We Avoid It

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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Where Have All the Fathers Gone

Posted on June 18, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4

When Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, penned our focus text, the assumption was that fathers would be around to influence the lives of their children. His concern hits the mark on how we should avoid pushing our children too far while bringing them up in a Christian environment with Biblical instruction. But Paul’s words do not address a problem that exists in many homes today, fatherless households.

In my opinion, the disintegration of the family is one of the biggest problems facing our world today. My heart goes out to the single moms who are filling the gap and pulling double duty as father and mother.

Parents who have remained together and committed to rearing their children in the ways of the Lord are no longer the rule, but the exception.

Currently, in the United States, 20 million children live in homes without the physical presence of a father. According to our most recent U.S. Census, 33% of our children live apart from their biological fathers. A survey conducted by the National Center for Fathering indicates that 72.2% of respondents view fatherlessness as the most significant family or social problem facing America.

Consider what fatherlessness in America has caused. According to an article in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, September 2004, “Young men who grow up in homes without fathers are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families. Additionally, 63% of youth suicides, 85% of all children with behavioral disorders, 71% of all high school dropouts,  and 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions — come from fatherless homes.

The family has always been important, but now more than ever. And the family has fallen apart because we have abandoned godly values in our society. God’s boundaries, with moral absolutes, and a healthy respect for authority are essential for producing responsible citizens who work for good and make positive contributions to our world.

For a structure to survive the storms of life it must have a solid foundation. Parents, both fathers and mothers, must be fully vested, involved, engaged, and mutually committed to the well-being of their children.

Think about this, we have gotten so far away from God that adherence to the Biblical instruction in Ephesians 6:4 is near impossible. Like I said, Paul’s teaching assumes a father and a Christian home.

If you are a divorced father or mother with your birth children living in another home, don’t shirk your responsibility to stay involved in their lives. Love them. Spend time with them. Support them financially and emotionally. Model a godly life for them and teach them about the Lord.

For the single parent, devote yourself to providing a godly environment and teaching your children the way they should live based on God’s word.

If you are remarried, even if the children in your household are not yours by birth, devote yourself to loving them and rearing them in the ways of the Lord.

For all of us in the faith, let us pray that our nation will come to its senses and recognize its need for godly families surrendered to Christ.

Pray for your family and for all families. And pray for revival among fathers that men will answer the call to be the dads God intended.

For more on this topic, check out this article: The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Children

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

Posted on May 30, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:26-27

This might be the best advice anyone ever gave you. No, not mine, but the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4.

When my wife and I were married, we made a pact that only one of us was allowed to be angry at a time. And, we would never go to bed angry with one another. It was a given that disputes were inevitable. So we devised a plan for resolving conflict.

Back in 1971, we weren’t what you would call Bible scholars. We carried the name Christian and attended church. I suppose you could say we were running on the general principles of the faith, doing the best we could. As was so often the case, I relied on my grandmother for wise counsel. She’s the one who told me, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.”

There’s more indispensable advice in our focus text. “In your anger do not sin.” In the process of blowing your top, you risk giving “the devil a foothold.” When you lose control of your emotions, especially when the target of your frustration is with another person, you are opening the door to Satan and saying, “Come on in.”

Anger leads to sin easily and swiftly. It causes us to do and say things we shouldn’t, and it often leads to irreparable harm. Anger is not the language of love, but the language of hate. Anger destroys relationships and our Christian witness, which is precisely what the Devil wants. Nothing pleases him more than to destroy good and godly relationships, cause enmity and strife, and ruin reputations.

In my 69 years, I have never known anybody who didn’t get angry. It is a basic human emotion common to everyone. But it must be managed, or unwanted trouble and hardship is sure to come.

Paul’s statement anticipates anger. He says, “In your anger…” When it happens this is what you do about it. Manage it. Keep it under control. Don’t allow it to cause you to sin.

It is better to spend an entire night without sleep than go to bed mad at someone, especially those you love. Don’t we owe the people we love the benefit of working at reconciliation BEFORE that little flame turns into a consuming fire?

When I get angry, it’s not an attractive sight. I become irrational, say stupid stuff, and have been known to kick or throw something of value, like a lamp. I’ve never pitched a graceful fit. In my defense, I’m not a hothead, and I seldom get angry. Maybe that’s why my hissies are so awkward. Limited experience.

Here’s the thing. Anger hurts others. I sure don’t want to hurt anybody and I would imagine you feel the same way. But even though you and I have no intention of hurting others, Satan lives for it.

There are many things we can do to control anger. Bridling the tongue comes to mind. Just find what works best for you to prevent transitioning from anger into sin. Deal with it before it becomes a destructive problem.

Even if you’ve been married for a long time, it’s not too late to take advantage of Paul’s wise counsel. “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” I promise, it works.

For more on this topic, check out this article: God Even Rescues Us from Ourselves

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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