Anger: Things to Remember (Part 2)
There are things I need to remember from Jesus’ teaching in the The Sermon on the Mount.
I need to remember from Matthew 5:21-26 that Jesus condemned not just violent deeds but also violent temperaments.
I need to remember from Matthew 5: 3-11 who I am and what I am as a Christian!
“The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom is theirs.
I must remember that I am poor. I am spiritually bankrupt and totally dependent on God.
“Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted”.
I must remember that as a christian I should be grieved by my sinfulness.
“The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth”.
I must remember that to be gentle is to know that I am not the one in control but God is totally in control and I must stubbornly trust Him.
“Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled”.
I must remember my desire for righteousness in the midst of things that may disappoint me.
“The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy”.
I must remember what is pleasing to God is a forgiving and compassionate spirit.
“The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God”.
I must remember righteousness can not be faked. Anger comes from the overflow of the heart.
“The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons of God”.
I must remember a peacemaker is fast to apologize, seek forgiveness, offer restitution, not seek revenge and in humility serve others.
“Those who are persecuted for righteousness are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs”.
I must remember if I am persecuted for righteousness I am blessed.
“You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me”.
I must remember if I should be either verbally or violently persecuted for the cause of Jesus Christ my reward that I will enjoy will be in heaven!
Lord I desire to be a man that would always remember my dependence on you. I can do nothing apart from you. I desire to be a man with a growing hatred for my sin and that I would grow in my trust in you. That I would be quick to confess my thoughts and deeds that lack righteousness. Oh Lord that I would be fast at confessing sin, seeking forgiveness and being compassionate to others. Lord I desire to care well for my heart and that I would be a peacemaker. Lord if I should be persecuted for Your Name Sake may I consider it a joy. Lord help me to remember my identity in you when things do not go as I thought they would or should. Amen