Rev. Ray's October 14, 2021 Devotion
October 14, 2021, 9:22 AM

Early in our ministry we had a pastor friend and his wife who were older. He was a kind man and a good pastor. As he neared retirement he learned that some of his years of service did not count toward his pensions. He became very bitter toward the church and lost much of his joy. Of course we remained friends, but it wasn’t the same anymore. He had stopped loving life.

That must be one of the devils proudest moments: those times when he robs life away from a child of God. There have been times when it has taken all the energy that I could muster to keep wrong attitudes outside the door. The Bible says to not let the sun go down on your wrath because it only gives the devil a foothold in your life.

Jesus came to make life possible. The life He gives is abundant in what really matters and it is eternal in time. Walk with Him through the gospels. Can you find a single time when Jesus carried a grudge or spent a restless night of fuming about the way people treated Him? He had no time for pouting; there was too much life to live and give.

The Christian life is different or what is the point of it? The way we are to deal with anger is only one example. “Be angry, and do not sin.” We see firsthand every day the dreadful mix anger and sin is. Some go through this life with a chip on their shoulder. I have learned that God doesn’t play our game, He doesn’t knock chips off. The longer we carry them the heavier they become; we will either put them down, or they will put us down.

With the help of the Holy Spirit we can turn anger into positive energy to make a difference, to build up instead of tear down, to heal instead of hurt, and to transform the world around us, instead of just conforming to everyone else’s frustrations.

Our God was so angry at sin that He gave His only Son to save us from it. Our failure may not be” being angry,” it may be not being angry enough to love, to care, and to make a difference.

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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