Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sinful Anger

Ecclesiastes 7:9 "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bossom of fools."

A closer look:
hasty - palpitate, suddenly alarmed, agitated.
spirit - wind or breath, attitude.
anger - trouble, rage, indignant.
rests - to settle down, to dwell, to let stay.
bossom - midst.
fools - stupid or silly acting people.

Sinful anger is sudden. Sinful anger flares up immediately in our spirit. When sinful anger is allowed in, it becomes a resident, perhaps even a welcomed guest. It festers. It is easily nourished. It stinks - and that it does because sin stinks. What does God say about sinful anger? "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry." I sin against God (and others) when I allow sinful anger to suddenly take over. Hasty, eager, rash, instant, immediate, soon, easily, quick, right away, short - such fleeting words. How temporal.

It is high time to get rid of this squatter. It is time to get rid of all of Sinful anger's associates too.

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