Anger and its Foothold

15 01 2014

21909694_sWe are in a series called What is Love Anyway? To read all of this series on love scroll back to The Beatitudes of Love, beginning on 11/9/2013. We have finished the different words for Love in the bible and now we are looking at the sixth hindrances to love, anger.

Love, “It is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.”

1 Cor 13:5

We define the word anger as a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. In and of itself anger is not sinful, because20309004_s over and over again we read about God being angry with the Israelites. Ephesians 4:26 tells us “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” This warns us of what will happen if we do not let go of our anger in a timely manner, we give the devil a foothold.

Looking back at 1 Corinthians 13:5 we see the foothold of anger is in keeping a record of wrongs. How often with our family, our friends, and even our spouse, do we keep a long running list of their wrongs.

I have a choice whether I keep a record of how many times my husband forgets the ketchup when ordering my French fries, or I can let it go and take the time to pour my own ketchup, when I get home. So often what we get upset about isn’t really worth the possible damage to our relationship, even though my French fries are now cold.


Blessings and Complete Joy,


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