Just a quick note about the study on ANGER:
Deut. 30:19 reads: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
When I read that verse, my first reaction is to think that I've blown it! That I chose death, not life, all those years ago and so death is what "all heaven witnessed" me choose and I forever blew it. And, my life is messed up as well as my kids lives because that detrimental choice for death. But God's Word is alive and as a Christian, God's Holy Spirit lives in me and teaches me: as I read that verse today, my focus lands on the very first word; Today. Hope springs up in me, as I realize today I have the choice again, and Heaven and earth ARE watching again...and actually pulling for me ("oh that you would choose life"), begging me actually to chose life today! This day, life again, can be chosen and I and my descendants can live! And my choice again will affect my life and the lives of those I love! So today how do I choose life?
I can choose to speak the truth. I can recognize anger in me and ask God for help. I can embrace the gifts given me today: friends, a job, children, this Bible study.... and start with gratitude for it all. I can allow all "bitterness (holding on to anger), wrath (my right to get even), and clamor (the confusion that anger brings) to be put away from me.
The "I" in these sentences answering the question of "How", shows me again that I get to choose! I have, we have, another chance to choose. Let's recognize, that in coming to the first class, then back again to share our stories, then looking at truth and now risking feeling anger and giving it to God to deal with, and learning what He will teach us are all choices for LIFE!
OK...Let's work through it, getting rid of the "unwholesome" (rotten) stuff inside and take back any opportunity we may have given the devil to launch attacks into our lives and relationships!
Something inside us calls for justice (that belongs to the Lord) and something inside us cries for reconciliation. We'll get there; together!