Unchecked Anger

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Judges 8:1-21

Gideon gives us a sad example of what can happen when we allow our anger and frustration to drive our actions. He and his men are pursuing the kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, who fled from the main battle with 15,000 men. Gideon and his 300 men are exhausted and they stop in two cities and ask for food. At both places, they are rudely turned away. Well as you can imagine, Gideon is not pleased. He's angry so he lashes out verbally and then comes back and takes revenge on the leaders of these two cities punishing the men of Succoth with thorns and briers and actually killing the men of Penuel. (vs. 15-17). Gideon was out of line and out of control.

It's not a sin to get frustrated or angry. That's part of life. It's how we respond that's the tipping point. So what are some things we can do to help us stop and think about responding properly? Tami W.

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HI TAMI

I AM SO APPRECIATIVE OF YOUR COMMENTS AND INSIGHT TODAY BECAUSE WHEN I READ THE PASSAGE Judges 8:1–21 MY FIRST RESPONSE WAS TO BE ANGRY AT THE UNGRATEFULNESS OF THE PEOPLE IN THE TWO CITIES. SECONDLY I BEGAN LOOKING FORWARD TO GIDEON'S RETURN AND THE FULFILLMENT OF HIS PROMISE FOR REVENGE.

I KNOW THAT GOD GETS ANGRY AND SINCE WE ARE MADE IN HIS IMAGE WE ARE ALSO ALLOWED TO GET ANGRY BUT HE CAUTIONS US NOT TO SIN IN OUR ANGER (Ephesians 4:26).

IN ORDER TO RESPOND PROPERLY IN OUR ANGER WE MUST SEEK GOD'S GUIDANCE ALWAYS AND REMEMBER THAT HE TOLD US JUDGMENT IS HIS (Romans 12:19), THEREFORE WE MUST FIGHT DILIGENTLY AGAINST THE FLESH WHICH SEEKS TO MAKE JUDGMENT OUR OWN.

REGARDS IN CHRIST

CECIL

We saw a similar anger when Nabal rejected David's request for food in 1 Samuel, David was so angry when Nabal made fun of his request that he was on his way to take lives. Through the kindness of Nabal's wife, Abigail, there was no killing but Nabal died of a stroke. In the end David did not have to do anything because God took care of it. God will also take care of us so when these matters arise; we must first think by whose authority we want to do whatever, and if it is for our own justification then leave it alone.

We can never go wrong when we take our "plight" to God. He will help us. Getting out of line and out of control will only anger the Lord and we do not want to do that. Especially after He has given us a victory. The glory of the vistory is not ours but God's.

Good comments from Cecil and Joan. It is best to leave the vengence to God. This is very appropriate for me right now with some things that are happening at work. In this particular situation, I must relax, let God have control, and He will take care of me and the others.

Think "Jesus" before I speak. I used to have that stuck on my phone. It can be a slippery sloap when I don't keep Jesus in front of me at all times. If I get angry. I can write a note, give it to God and then throw it away. Thank you for your comments.

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