2 Corinthians 5v21
n the movie “Anger Management” Dr Rydell says: Temper is the one thing you can’t get rid of by losing it! How many times a day do you feel a real sense of anger? What is it that angers us the most?
I think everyone would agree that there is a place for anger, and it is often good to express it. But do we get angry enough at sin? Do we get angry at ourselves when we have behaved badly, or do we find ways to justify our bad behaviour, blaming it on somebody else? Do we get angry when we see injustice? Do we get angry when we see terrible things happening? Now again, I think we’ll all agree that these are good things to be angry about, and we should be angry about them. However, how often are we vindictive, impulsive and high-handed?
Although we agree there is a place for anger, one aspect of God’s character we sometimes find hard to swallow is his anger. In Genesis chapter 6 verses 5 to 7 we read:
“The Lord saw how great man & woman’s wickedness on the earth had become and that every inclination of the thoughts of his or her heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man & woman on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So, the Lord said; I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth.”
Human sin is rebelliousness and grieves the very heart of God, and what we see here is the anger of someone who loves deeply. He takes our sin personally; his heart is grieved. Sin is no laughing matter.
In Genesis 1 God saw everything he had made was very good, and the pinnacle of his creation was man and woman. He now looks at it and sees wickedness, evil and injustice, and he is grieved. Because of that God will act in judgement, but he will also find a way to act in salvation, to rescue sinful man and woman, which is what we see throughout the Bible.
Oh Lord, in this world and in my life, there is so much restlessness and rebellion. May I not presume on your love and kindness, but may I know your grace and mercy that you have lavished on me. Amen
PRAYERS for WEDNESDAY
- Pray that we would take sin in our world and in our lives very seriously.
- Pray that we would understand how much our sin and the sin of the world grieves the heart of our loving Father and creator.
- Pray that our hope would be in God’s grace and mercy alone.
- Pray that at CCB we would understand that we cannot rely on ourselves our own strengths, but only on Christ our Lord.
- Pray that over this time of Lent we would boldly proclaim Christ as the Saviour of the world and appeal to people to trust in him so that his favour may rest on them.
- Pray for our 2020 Connect strategy as we seek to speak to others of God’s grace and show his compassion to the world.
BEREAVEMENT & OUR CONDOLENCES TO 2 OF OUR FAMILIES
Lance James & Gill Steyn’s mom, Evelyn, passed away on Monday. Please pray God will comfort each of the families at this time.
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