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Praycation 2013 – Anger and Sin Not!

Word of the Day: Anger
Verse of the Day: Genesis 4:2-8 (NIV)

 “Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.  In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,  but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.”

This is a tale of two brothers. One gave an offering that was pleasing to God; the other had his offering rejected. In a rage, the one whose offering was rejected killed his brother. Two lives were ruined and a family severely damaged. This is because anger, that was left to grow out of control, led to sin.

Anger is a secondary emotion that comes when an expectation is not met. Cain expected that his offering would be accepted just as his brother’s offering. When it was not, he was hurt by the rejection. This is understandable. No one likes rejection.

However, instead of remaining positive and allowing his anger to drive him to perfect his offering, Cain allowed his anger to become negative and misdirected. He was angry with God; however, he took it out on his brother, who had not done anything wrong. That anger led him to take his brother’s life, a direct violation of God’s commandment “Thou shall not kill.”

Anger alone is not a sin. Consider the verse that says “Be angry and sin not.” The sin is in allowing anger to become negative. When we behave in a manner unbecoming of a Christian, unleash our anger excessively or release it towards someone who is innocent, our anger has lead to sin. Friends, we cannot allow that to happen.

Do you recognize that anger gets the best of you, causing you to behave negatively? Do you feel that this is an area in your life that the enemy uses regularly to keep you off balance? Have you lost friends, money and resources because of out of control anger? Is the quality of your life compromised because you stuff your anger and let it eat away at you because you don’t know what to do with it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, fear not, there is hope. The scriptures offer wonderful solutions for anger. Through prayer and quiet time before God, you can gain powerful insight on conquering anger and allow it to make you better. Now THAT is something to shout about!

LET US PRAY: God, please forgive me for all the times I have allowed anger to get out of control and lead to sin. I know that you can help me to use anger in a positive manner and not lead to sin. Teach me your ways, so that I might please you. In Jesus name, AMEN.

Tracey Bowen Bell (TBB)

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BELOVED, has anger ever led you to do something or say something that you later regretted? Has anger ever overcome you to the point where you were out of control…ready to kill someone with words or physical confrontation? Go to God in prayer today. Ask the Lord to help you dissolve the anger that leads to violence and find better ways to release your horrific emotions. You can do it, God can help!

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Blessings,

VMM



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  1. Aretha Brown says:

    Thank you for this message

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