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Beware Unrighteous Anger

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court;" Matthew 5:22

A person who is motivated by the Holy Spirit will never be angry at the person who has sinned against him when he is trying to help remove the splinter from his eye. He will not angrily point to their faults but in humility try to help them overcome. Why did Jesus say that if we are angry with our brother we will stand guilty at the Judgment? It is because all sin, even sins committed against us by others, are in reality sins against a holy God.

 Sin is a violation of His will and is rebellion against His instruction. Peter told the Church to bear it when they were treated unjustly, -"For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly."

Jesus prophesied that all His followers would be treated unjustly and commanded them to rejoice when it happens, not grumble and complain. But for the grace of God we all would be sinners. We have no righteousness of our own making. God has forgiven us of thousands of sins against Him. He puts up with our imperfections every day and yet forgives us. If anyone thinks that he can hold his brotherís faults and imperfections accountable and not be held accountable to God himself, he is foolish and has deceived his own heart.

Sheep do not examine each other. The Pastor alone is ordained to examine the condition of the flock. Everyone has bones in the closet of their life. When you dig around in your own closet you are examining what is there that needs to be discarded. But when you dig around in someone elseís closet you have no power to discard anything but are only looking for something to use against the person. And if you look hard and long enough you will find something because we have all fallen short of the glory of God.

Every person on earth or in the Church of Jesus Christ has issues and is an issue himself. How you deal and handle those issues is what you will judged by. Adam blamed Eve, Eve shifted the blame to the serpent, but God blamed them all.

"This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God." (James 1:19-20)

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

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