Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Be angry, and do not sin" "do not let the sun go down on your wrath." Ephesians 4:26 NKJV

It's not a sin to be angry, but what you do with your anger can be. If we are mindful of our thoughts sometimes we can catch anger before it gets out of hand. Being careful about what we allow in is critical to this.

I know I have said it before but humor me. What we put into our minds will come out in one way or another. I need to hear this again and again. I am extremely careful with what I watch and read, sometimes I can't help it. As I said the other day, even Doctor's offices have televisions!

Thank God I am not as sensitive as I used to be. I am grateful for this. Just this morning I remembered a past moment of anger and I relived it for a few minutes. Then I realized we would be reading this verse. Now that is a clear message form the Lord! 

Forgive quickly and don't let a root of bitterness take hold.

Don't allow anger or bitterness to become a dandelion in your heart.
As I was weeding in my yard the other day I noticed how thick and long the root of a dandelion was. I needed a special instrument to get down deep and get all of the root, every last bit.

These are  feisty weeds and we don't want them in our hearts or yards either. It's a lot easier detecting one in our yard. All we need is our vision. In order to detect one in our hearts takes a little more introspective thought. Although one can be just at the surface as mine was this morning.

As I go to prayer I will ask the Lord, {who knew it was there long before I did} to help me let go of this nasty root once and for all.  Our attitudes about others effects our relationship with God.  All of these little foxes as The Song of Solomon calls them, can clutter our hearts with unnecessary trash.

Releasing trash to God allows our hearts to be filled with His love and goodness instead of filth. I don't want anything cluttering my mind or blocking my vision of Him.

 At least in this situation, I can be free, and hopefully next time I can catch it before it's a dandelion.

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