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Kindness

Whatever happened to common courtesy?

The other day, I said, “Hi”, to the cashier at the counter, and he looked at me as if I’d just offended him.  It happens frequently.  Sometimes it’s a female, and she’ll mumble a ‘Hi’ back.  Sometimes my friendly gesture is simply not returned.  And I wonder – what’s so difficult about saying one word?

We’re living in an angry world.  And that anger has caused things like road rage, riots, spur of the moment killings, and a great misuse of the tongue…you know…running off at the mouth.  People die because of that last one alone.

There’s a thin line between being mad, and being angry.  Webster defines anger as “a strong feeling of displeasure…”  It defines mad as “a fit or mood of bad temper.”  It also defines mad as being “carried away by intense anger, marked by intense and often chaotic activity.

Anger not only leads to injury, death, and prison.  But like a cancer, it slowly, quietly destroys your physical health.  The next thing you know you’re complaining about an ache here, an ache there.  Think about it…there may be a connection.

So, why this level of anger?

I know what it was for me.  I was missing the love, peace, security, and comfort of Jesus Christ.  But ever since I accepted Him into my heart, He has cleansed me of the foul language I used to use to express my anger.  The rage I used to sometimes feel inside over some insignificant thing is now gone.  I stay close to Him because if I don’t the old me will most definitely return.  My enemy, satan, will see to that!

There’s another hidden consequence of anger; one that causes the most damage of all, and that is the damage it causes to your soul.

Paul said in Ephesians 4:26, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  He said, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Are you struggling with an angry spirit?  Would you like to be tenderhearted?  Let Jesus Christ help you.  Surrender your anger – and everything else – to Him.  Confess whatever sins your anger may have caused you to commit.

The Bible says, “…the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:20)  That means if you are full of anger, you cannot be pleasing to God.

We are to “be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” (James 1:19).  That means we should be quick to listen, slow to run our mouths, and even slower to get angry.

Confess your sins to Jesus Christ, and ask Him to come into your heart and take control.  He died on the cross so that you could live forever with Him.  It is an amazing gift of love just waiting for you to receive.

Accept Jesus Christ as your PERSONAL Lord and Savior, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive God’s precious gift of eternal life in Heaven and He will help you with your issue of anger.

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”  (Colossians 3:8)  Jesus Christ will help you do this.  He did it for me.

Now, there are some things we should get angry about – injustices done to the innocent, the young, the old, and the helpless.  But in expressing that anger we should remember to “sin not”.  Then there are some battles not worth fighting – and certainly not worth dying over.

We must choose our battles carefully.  It is better to be kind and live, than to be angry and die too soon.

Let us surrender and give God the Glory.

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Something to Think About…

Characteristics of a Wicked Heart

– Is hardened against God
– Does not like to be corrected
– Is full of lust
– Likes to create strife
– Is proud
– Is perverted
– Is glad when others stumble
– Is a schemer
– Studies how to destroy others
– Is full of deceit
– Is foolish
– Is satisfied when others feel pain
– Trust mainly in self (if not only) in self

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.  These are the things which defile a man:…”  Matthew 15:18-20

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To those of you who think suicide is the answer…THINK AGAIN.

Satan tries to make you believe that that’s the only way out.  He tries to get you to accept that it would be best for everybody involved – especially you – if you just made yourself disappear, just ended it all.

Well, it isn’t best, and DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT!

In fact, what satan DOESN’T whisper in your ear is that suicide will only be the BEGINNING of real and everlasting torment in hell for all eternity.

Think about it.

Do you really want to spend eternity in hell where your torment and suffering WON’T STOP, but will now continue for ever and ever?

I know the pain you’re in.

I know the pain of feeling like no one loves you, and I know about the emptiness that feels like it’s slowly killing you, and (under the influence of satan) you think about just giving up because you just can’t take it anymore…

But let me tell you – there IS a way out!

God, through Jesus Christ, has made a way for you to surrender your heavy load, ALL your heavy burdens to Him…and LIVE!

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

What that means is this:  If you will believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He died on the cross for your sins, then rose again on the 3rd day, “He [will be] a Rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  That means He will “…give you rest…”

If you will accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, admit you are a sinner and ask Him to forgive you for your sins, He will do it.

Ask Him to come into your heart and take over.  Obey Him. And you will find “rest unto your souls…”

This is God’s promise to you, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.”  (Titus 1:2)

God CAN NOT LIE! But satan can…and does.

Whatever you are struggling with.   Let God help you.  It’s time to let go.

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